Last week I had the opportunity to visit Agritopia, one of the wonderful Agri-tourism places I visited as part of my Agritainment trip through Arizona!
Agritopia is an AGRIHOOD!
What, you may ask, IS an Agrihood!
That was my question; here’s what I discovered.
Agrihoods are communities designed around an urban farm environment. In the same way some communities are centered around a golf course or lake. Agrihoods have an urban farm – with community gardens, produce sharing – at their center. Agrihoods promote a strong sense of community and pride in being part of a community.
While there are at least a dozen projects across the country of farm-focused tracks where a whole new group of folks want to enjoy open spaces, verdant fields and fresh food, Agritopia was among the first.
Comprised of 450 residential lots along with commercial, agricultural, and open space tracts. it is aesthetically designed with tree-lined streets and pathways, making the entire project accessible to pedestrians. For AZ locals – its major connecting street within the community is , which arcs its way from Ray Road north and east to Higley Road.
And the beauty of this urban-farm development is that it is in close proximity to ASU Polytechnic (2 mi), Chandler-Gilbert Community College (2 mi), Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (2 mi), Crossroads Park (1/2 mi), San Tan Village Regional Mall (1 mi), Mercy Gilbert Hospital (2 mi), and the award-winning Cosmo Dog Park (adjacent).
At least 16 of Agritopia’s 160 acres are certified organic farm land with row crops artichokes to zucchini, fruit trees include: citrus, nectarines, peaches, apples, olives and dates, and livestock includes chickens and sheep.
117 unit assisted and Independent Living Center is set to open this summer.
Crops from the farm is sold to both retail customers and restaurants, and at Gilbert Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, and at the Farm Stand.In that same location, across from The Coffee Shop, the farm operates a 24/ 7 self-service stand stocked with some of the best selling items. The farm also sells its produce to over 20 different restaurants, including Joe’s Farm Grill.