We All Must Live In The Moment, Especially If You're A Strawberry, Pepper Or Tomato
Shining Stars For A Fleeting Minute
We all have our moment in the spotlight. If we like it or not, those moments are fleeting. One minute you are a bright shiny star and the next you are that thing, rotting, all alone, forgotten, waiting to die. Well, thats how it feels if you are that last strawberry still sitting in the field or that last group of cherry tomatoes desperately looking to be picked. Yes, their time is coming to an end. Please come out to the farm and show them some love, by eating them! Believe me, they would love it. Stars until the end.
What Happen To Us This Week?
I feel like I need to keep everyone in the loop as we plow forward on our long list of to do's. By the way, when your building a farm from scratch, these to do lists seem to grow faster than the plants in the fields. But some how, each item gets checked off and the dramatic changes to the farm appear out of the blue, like magic. You may think about something or work on it for years. Grinding your way forward, pushing that rock, cursing yourself for taking it on, and then that moment finally comes and there it is, in the flesh, complete. Some how, our minds wipe all the hardship away and we say to ourselves, hmm that wasn't so bad. (good thing we have photos to prove ourselves wrong).
The Dark Hole We All Know Is There, But We Never Want To See.
Two years in the making, our massive septic system is half way in. The Noci building crew turned their attention to the epic size septic on Monday. By Friday, they had all the trenches dug, rock in the ground and lines put together. Over 800 ft of leach field lines and over 1600 ft of pipe connecting the front system to the back. It is huge. Next week, 5 tanks go into the ground and the system will be complete, except for electric. That is still on the to do list.
Work In Progress, The Grand Avenue, Farm Stand and The Noci Sonoma Portal
Big changes are happening in the front of the farm. We finally finished our front parking lot and planted out our sign with mint. Yes, mint. We are planting that wild lovely beautiful stuff everywhere. In most gardens people want to contain it. We want to set it free. Our plan is to plant things that will take on the weeds and create a lush environment for all the creatures living on the farm, including us. So any spot that doesn't have a big plant in it, we are using mint, sage, herbs, strawberries, clovers, grasses, and wild flowers.
My big focus this week was the Grand Avenue. That is the giant dirt path just inside the farm as you walk through the Portal. The portal is the big black square you walk through to get into the farm. That portal is finally ready to be rocked and the grand avenue on the other side is ready for its meadow. Yes, we are going to create a wild flower / grass meadow, running down the middle of the farm. This space should be amazing. But like most projects, it took a long time to get to this place. Last year, it had grass but the floods destroyed it. The whole area sat under several ft of water for a good 3 months. Something like that. It was deep for a long time. The water kept the soil so moist, that anything that tried to move through it just sank. By the time the water receded, that entire Grand Avenue was rutted and packed with 8ft tall weeds.
We have hopefully taken care of the water issue by giving it other productive places to go. This includes the 400 ft natural pools we hope to start building before the rains. The water should also make its way into the two fields flanking the Grand Avenue. Those gardens will feature new rice fields and water gardens. Both will be experimental fields this year. We have no idea what we are doing, but I saw a great BBC Japanese documentary on YouTube, featuring ancient rice fields. The documentary has inspired me to try and create the eco system that lives in and around rice fields. It is so amazing. I love this kind of stuff.
As we work on the Portal next week, we will have to unfortunately move the farm stand to a new location. Some how we will have to pick up that heavy box and move it. We are thinking it will go back to the Chefs Garden at the back of the farm. Members and guest will then be able to drive to the back until our new Farm Pantry opens in October.
The Unlimited and Unlimited Plus memberships launched 2 weeks ago and they are going strong. Everyone seems excited about what they have to offer. We will keep the special lifetime membership prices available until they run out or we have our Grand Opening. Which ever comes first. If you haven't signed up or upgraded your memberships, you should soon. Your memberships are making Noci Sonoma possible. Without you, we couldn't build this special place we will all call our farm.
See you at Noci.