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.
An Edible Garden Adventure like no other!
One of the many avenues through the gardens
Noci Sonoma is a destination for the senses. A place to taste, explore, harvest, lounge and eat.
We are entirely organically grown. We follow permaculture practices. We use design to create fantastic space. We use vining fruits to create edible garden walls, and we use flowers to fill the air with dreamlike scents.
But of course, that is not all, there are 10 different seasonal gardens filled with tomatoes, peppers, 1000's cutting flowers, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, herbs, 900 fruit trees, onions, asparagus, peppers, lettuce, kale, cucumbers, watermelons and summer squash to just name a few things.
Garden Map / Design Layout - 24 Acres
What is in the gardens:
- Hundred Varieties of Fruit Trees - Apple, Pear, Peach, Apricot, Plum and Cherry
- Tomato Garden - Heirloom, Cherry and Sauce Tomatoes
- Sweet and Hot Peppers Garden
- Cut flower Garden - 1000's of flowers
- Edible Flowers
- Onion Garden - Leeks, Chives, Bulbing Onions, Shallots
- Purple and Green Artichokes
- Red, Golden and Candy Striped Beets
- Dark Greens Garden
- Lettuces Garden
- Citrus Trees
- Summer Berries - Blueberries, Raspberries, Mulberries, Loganberries, Elderberries, Goldenberries
- Strawberry Field
- Thousands of feet of thronless Blackberry Walls
- Asparagus Field
- Concord Grape Teepee Tunnels
- Medicinal Herbs
- Kitchen Herb Garden
- Pole Beans
- Summer Squash
- Picnic Spots throughout
- 600 ft wildflower tunnel
- 400 ft of private beach area on Dry Creek (under construction)
- 500 ft of Nature Pools (still under construction)
Images from the gardens Spring 2018
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.
Buildings opening Summer 2018
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 2020-21
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.