The process of building Noci Sonoma has been a very organic. Not just because we are building an organic permaculture gardens, but because we had no idea what wanted to be on the land. We took our time. We started working the land, little by little. First, we purchased a tractor. Then we cleared the fields, mostly of trash. Then one by one patterns emerged. You could feel the grids. The location of gardens, buildings, fences and instinctively we knew, we discovered, what Noci wanted to be.
Trellis Frames being moved into their final location with the help of the tractor
I decided on a classic grid for the farmstead. With a grand avenue down the middle of 14 different garden zones. You enter the gardens through Noci's signature black portal tunnel. A massive 14'x30' wooden tunnel covered on the outside with a sea of passion fruit vines. Once through the portal, you step out onto the main wildflower Avenue, which divides the farmstead in half. It runs for 1800' to the back of the farm, ending in the Chefs Gardens and the open meadows along the creek.
The front 4 acres of Noci Sonoma are open to the public. This area is in front of our massive black pine tarred fence which extends almost 600 feet across the farm. The fence is the boundary between the public and member spaces. In front of the fence are two twin buildings. The buildings are 1600 sq ft each and have amazing glass doors on the front of each building that lifts 13 feet into the air. Completely opening the buildings to the outdoors.
Farm Pantry Retail - Doors Open
The first building will function as our product retail building and Noci Members Concierge.
Farm Pantry Retail - looking toward Dry Creek Rd
Each building is 80ft long, 20ft wide and 14ft tall.
Noci Barn Complex
This massive building will hide in plain site. When viewing the farm from the road, it will look like a complicated hill. But from within the farmstead, it will be an amazing set of functional buildings rising up from the Grand Avenue. This building will be the heart of the farm. Co-Designed with my good friend Whitney Sander of Sander Architects. In fact most of the buildings on the farmstead have been co-designed by myself and Whitney.
The building has a natural green roof, helping to insulate it from the high summer heat. As well as many many functional aspects, such as root cellars for long term food storage. The building also features a set of bridges connecting all the buildings from the second floors.
Construction is scheduled for late 2018-19
Noci Barn Complex - 35 ft High
This side of the building is in the middle of the Grand Avenue, facing towards the front of the farmstead.
Noci Barn Complex - Rear
The back of the building faces the Chefs Gardens (3 & 4) and the famous Dry Creek running at the back of the farm.
During the design of this building we have been calling it the Ag House. We the farmers will live here. It is little over 2500 sq ft. Has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, huge kitchen and playroom. It is all about indoor / outdoor living. It has 42 pivoting doors which completely open up the house to the gardens.
Construction is scheduled for early 2017