The Farm at Agritopia in Gilbert to Be Featured on NBC Nightly News

Looks like Gilbert's Agritopia is getting some well-deserved national attention.
Looks like Gilbert's Agritopia is getting some well-deserved national attention.
Lauren Saria

Clear your schedules tonight because The Farm at Agritopia is hosting its weekly Agritopia Farmstand & Food Trucks event, but this time NBC Nightly News is stopping by to see what our little piece of farm heaven in the Valley is all about. Whether you're there every Wednesday or you haven't stopped by The Farm yet, tonight is the ideal night to go and show your support for locally grown produce and the organic farming movement in town.

See also: How to Start an Organic Farm with Joe Johnston of Agritopia

There are plenty of good reasons to stop by The Farm at Agritopia on Wednesdays. Whether you're a food truck junkie or a strict locavore, the event shows off some of Phoenix's best in the food scene.

This week, the food truck lineup includes Uprooted Kitchen, Frank, Luncha Libre, Waffle Crush, and Phx Phreeze. Agritopia's Joe Johnston said The Farm will also be selling its in-season produce, such as dates and eggplant, as well as products from such vendors as Double Check Ranch and Crow's Dairy. It also will mill the organic heritage grains that it grows to order on-site.

However, we'd also understand if you just went to show your face on national TV. We're not judging.

Johnston says NBC Nightly News contacted him about Agritopia after the New York Times prominently featured the community in a story on agrihoods. While he expects the show to be shooting all day, you can stop by from 4 to 8 p.m., during the Farmstand event, to check it all out.

According to Johnston, he sees the interest in Agritopia as some much needed national validation for the Phoenix food scene as a whole.

"Finally, Arizona is getting some recognition for the really cool things that are happening here," he says. "Agritopia is a very unique project."

Johnston says the agrihood movement harks back to village life: focusing on strong community ties and, of course, learning to work the land. However, he also says this type of living also teaches valuable life lessons on top of the obvious skills you develop from farming.

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