Welcome to our Interactive Map
Numbered icons on the above map represent tour stops. You may navigate between them by selecting a numbered icon, tapping the previous and next buttons or swiping through the descriptions. Follow the path marked by the dotted line, and as you approach each tour stop navigate to the corresponding description to learn more. Take your time and enjoy our urban farm.
Built in 1927
Today: Offices for JFFUA and Johnston & Co.
Built in the 1930’s
Today: Produce Stand for The Farm at Agritopia, including the 24/7 honor system cooler and citrus shelves. Stop by and pick up some fresh produce from the Farm for your home cooking.
Quonset Hut Barn
Built in 1950 for grain storage
Today: Barnone, a collection of small businesses that make products on the property.
Built in 1950 to house tractors and a repair shop
Today: The Coffee Shop, a coffeehouse and bakery.
Johnston Family Farm House
Built in 1967
Today: Joe’s Farm Grill, a retro burger stand using produce of the Farm.
Agritopia Community Garden
This section of The Farm at Agritopia demonstrates how to create small-scale farming opportunities for people living in urban environments. The garden is made up of more than 40 plots, each covering 400 square feet. Gardeners are provided the plot, water, access to the communal tool chest and can participate in garden events. The events include educational, social and competitive events to foster a community of gardeners. Gardeners rent their plot for a year and must farm organically.
The climate in this part of Arizona is very similar to that of the Middle East. The biblical garden features plants mentioned in the Bible and gives information on each plant. It also is a great resting spot with seat walls to relax. Also, note the paths you have been walking on are lined with table grapes.
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Commercial Farm Row Crop Plots
The commercial farm grows row crops of vegetables, herbs and flowers in these three plots. Unlike a large-scale farm, numerous crops are grown in the same plot. The farmer carefully makes a planting plan based upon what customers are interested in buying. Also, take note of the cover crops – plants that are grown to help pull nitrogen from the air and deposit it into the soil to help other plants thrive. Cover crops are tilled under the soil instead of being harvested. This is a part of growing organically, along with using compost and composted chicken manure to feed the soil. All crops grown on the commercial farm are USDA Certified Organic. The rows are watered using drip irrigation – the black lines you may see on some beds.
Commercial Farm Barn (Opens late 2016)
The commercial farm operates out of this new barn. It includes washing, processing and refrigeration facilities. You will also find a farm store at the south end of the building.
Citrus Orchard and Chicken Pasture
This orchard was planted in 2004 and has a wide variety of citrus from blood oranges to pomelos. Citrus is one of the major crops in Arizona; they flourish in the warm, sunny weather. Citrus trees blossom in the early spring, and harvest begins in the late fall. During prime harvest time, the farm offers u-pick events on weekends. You will also notice chickens and ducks raised for eggs in the orchard. They eat the organic clover pasture and help fertilize the citrus trees. Poultry in the pasture are kept safe from predators thanks to an electrified fence.
Stone Fruit and Apple Orchard
This orchard was also planted in 2004 and consists of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and apples. Arizona is warm, so we have selected low-chill varieties that will set fruit without lots of cold weather. U-pick events happen for a few weeks in May and June.
Date and Olive Grove
This grove is home to Medjool dates, considered the world’s finest date, and five kinds of olives (Spanish and Italian varietals). Dates only grow in Arizona and Southern California in our country. They love heat and a dry climate. These are very labor-intensive crops. Care goes into each crop to hand pollinate, thin, trim and bag the clusters to prevent birds from eating them. After that, we can reap the rewards and harvest the crops by hand. You will also find white bee boxes in the East grove, which help pollinate all of the plants in the area and produce delicious honey. The white building in the West grove is the well house. This, along with the large storage tank behind it, supply water for all of the farming and gardening activities.