Who are the members?
We are focused on creating a very authentic experience. We signed up over 150 members over the last year and tested out many ideas as we developed Noci. The ideal members seem to come from all walks of life. Professionals, artist, craft people, tech people and from all counties and backgrounds. But the key element has been their love of the gardens, being out in nature and the love of great food.
We had many dinners, and all of them feature the members serving each other. It was family style. It didn't matter if you are a CEO or a social worker. The other key element was that this is a real place. A real farm. We are working it. This is not a Four Seasons, and you shouldn’t expect it to be. It is and will be very stylish and designed, but we are not a resort.
Beyond access to the gardens, how much extracurricular activity is offered? How much is Garden focused vs. Social focused?
We are in the process of planning out next year. Right now we are just building, shaping gardens, digging pools and working on the retail side. But with that said, we feel like it will be 50/50. We plan on having lots of hands-on demonstrations, classes, and just fun garden focused activities. We are building the gardens, and that won't be anywhere near completed when we open. Gardens take time to mature and develop. We will be exploring and bringing our members along as we explore. How do we grow mushrooms, how to harvest, what will the water plants be, how do we include fish, how do we create permaculture gardens that feel and look like gardens, how to harvest grapes, how to dry, ferment, preserve. On and on.
But we will also have food-focused activities. Members hands on classes with making food from the gardens, dinners, lunches, movie nights, camp outs, music in the gardens and more.
Do we have a variety of ages in the membership?
Yes, we will have young people, families and mature individuals. Again over the last year, we had members in their 20's all the way up to 80's. Noci is a big place, and there is plenty of room and activities for all types. Together and on your own. You can have a complete garden to yourself to just spend the day, read a book or have a picnic. We will have cool hang out areas around the pools and in the gardens.
As a member, when do you have access to the property?
Members are welcome during business hours and for special extended evening hours. The extended evening hours will be in the nice weather months when it is perfect nights for hanging out under the stars. Noci Staff will always be on the farm when members are on the farm.
We will be open 6 days a week, Tuesday - Sunday. The retail building will be open 10 am to 6 pm. The gardens will be open 8 am to 6 or 9 pm based on the weather.
Overnight stays at Noci will be part of special events only.