Building Noci

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!


 
 
 

The Gardens

 
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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

Noci Sonoma roughly drawn garden design by Adjani. This map shows the layout and spacing for all the different areas that make up Noci Sonoma. This includes the massive 500 ft long water way dividing the front buildings from the gardens in the back.

The land stretches almost a 1/2 from the front to the back, ending at the creek. Yes we have over 600ft of creek shore at the back of Noci.

 
 

What is in the gardens:

 
 
 

Fall / Winter

Winter Squash

  • Sugar Dumpling Pumpkin

  • Black Futsu Pumpkin

  • Jack Be Little Pumpkin

  • Sugarbush Acorn Squash

  • Delicata

  • Bush Delicata

  • Nutter Butter Squash

  • Waltman Butter Squash

  • Crown Pumpkin

  • Honey Nut Butter Squash

  • Cinderella Pumpkin

  • Howden Pumpkin

  • New England Pumpkin

  • Valenciano Pumpkin

  • Bugress Buttercup Squash

Cabbage

  • Pai Tsai

  • Chirimen Hakusai

  • Greyhound

  • Charleston Wakefield

  • Red Express

  • Violaceo Di Verona

  • Tete Noire

Spinach

  • Escalade

  • Corvair

Turnips

  • Kinda Beni Red

  • Golden Globe

  • Red Round

  • Tokinashi

  • Nagasaki Akari

Beets

  • Bulls Blood

  • Detroit Red

  • Touchstone

  • Chioggia

Cauliflower

  • Rober

  • Purple of Sicily

  • Amazing

  • Erfurter

  • Green Macerata

  • Delicacy White


Spring / Summer

  • Heirloom Tomato Garden

  • Tri color Eggplant

  • Sweet and Hot Peppers

  • Cut flower Garden - 1000's of flowers

  • Edible Flowers

  • Onion Garden - Leeks, Chives, Bulbing Onions, Shallots

  • Purple and Green Artichokes

  • Dark Greens Garden

  • Lettuces Garden

  • Summer Berries - Blueberries, Raspberries, Mulberries, Loganberries, Elderberries, Goldenberries

  • Strawberry Field

  • Thousands of feet of thronless Blackberry Walls

  • Green and Purple Asparagus Field

  • Concord Grape Teepee Tunnels

  • Pole Beans

  • Cucumbers

  • Summer Squash

  • Hundred Varieties of Fruit Trees - Apple, Pear, Peach, Apricot, Plum and Cherry.

  • Picnic Spots throughout

  • 600 ft wildflower tunnel

 

Kohlrabi

  • Early Purple Vienna

  • Early White Vienna

Broccoli

  • Waltham

  • Rapini (Broccoli Rabe)

  • Green Sprouting

Fennel

  • Bronze

  • Florence

Radish

  • Chinese Red Meat

  • Watermelon

Asian Greens

  • Pak Choy

  • Ching Chang Bok Choy

Lettuce

  • Gourmet Blend

  • Mustard Mix

  • Arugula

Onions

  • Leeks

  • Yellow of Parma

  • Red of Florence

  • Green Onion

Herbs

  • Italian Parsley

  • Thyme

  • Rosemary

  • Marjoram

  • Chamomile

  • Sage

  • Calendula

  • Echinacea

Winter Flowers

 
 

Images from the gardens Spring 2018

 

Retail Buildings

 
 

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    

 

Two mirrored buildings at the front of the farm. Between them is the main Portal entrance to the farm. The building in the foreground will be the future Farm Pantry / Member Concierge.

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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

 
 South Facing Side of the 300 Ft Long Noci Barn Complex. This building is broken up into 6 buildings. Three main buildings with room for a 100 ft kitchen, workshops and members lounge. Plus office space and theater space. The additional three buildings are pictured above with grass roofs. These are storage and root cellars. Total of 7000 sq ft of storage.

South Facing Side of the 300 Ft Long Noci Barn Complex. This building is broken up into 6 buildings. Three main buildings with room for a 100 ft kitchen, workshops and members lounge. Plus office space and theater space. The additional three buildings are pictured above with grass roofs. These are storage and root cellars. Total of 7000 sq ft of storage.

 North Facing Side of the 300 Ft Long Noci Barn Complex. The exterior is wood slats covered in a natural black pine tar to weather proof the wood and create Noci Sonoma's signature look. All the buildings on the property are black.

North Facing Side of the 300 Ft Long Noci Barn Complex. The exterior is wood slats covered in a natural black pine tar to weather proof the wood and create Noci Sonoma's signature look. All the buildings on the property are black.

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.