THE JOHNSTON FAMILY
Edward's son, James H. Johnston, preferred farming and bought a farm in Gilbert, Arizona in 1959. Jim grew the crops of the day: cotton, wheat, alfalfa, sugar beets, corn and more. In 1967, he moved his young family to the farm: wife, Virginia, and three boys -- Joe, Steve and Paul. While it started out as a very rural farm with dirt roads, by the 1980's, development approached.
Joe studied electrical and mechanical engineering at Stanford University and did engineering in electro-mechanical devices for seven years. He then started a chain of coffeehouses, The Coffee Plantation, which included coffee roasting. After selling these he was involved with opening three restaurants: Joe's Real BBQ, Joe's Farm Grill and Liberty Market, all in Gilbert. Joe remains a partner in each of these restaurants.
From 2000 onward, he's been developing Agritopia®, a planned community that has organic, urban farming at the center and a village around it, located on his family's farm. As a part of that community is Barnone, a craftsman community, which houses Johnston Machine Company.