In 2014 when Chris Adjani and Aria Alpert Adjani stumbled upon a forgotten and unloved former vineyard on Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg, California, the couple knew they’d found the perfect place to create a new kind of membership-based modern farm.
The idea behind Noci Sonoma was simple: to celebrate the land by planting gardens and a wildflower meadow, and to build an outdoor dining pavilion, natural swimming pool, and clubhouse to attract a like-minded community of members willing to pay $500 a month to have the run of the facilities.
Fast-forward nearly four years: With construction under way and a sprawling edible garden and open-air outdoor kitchen in place, the Adjanis and their two young sons harvest their own food, cook dinner outdoors, and roam the nearby woods and creek. Members are met at the entrance and handed a basket to fill with up to 100 pounds a month of fresh-picked vegetables, berries, and herbs. The Adjanis call it “the ultimate edible garden experience.”
Photography by Mimi Giboin.
For more information about memberships, see Noci Sonoma.
See more tips and design ideas, along with inspiration from some of the most beautiful edible gardens we know:
- Everything You Need to Know About Edible Gardens
- Edible Plants: A Field Guide to Growing, Care & Design
- Outbuilding of the Week: A Cookhouse at Kurtwood Farms on Vashon Island
- Landscaping 101: Biodynamics for the Edible Garden
- Killiehuntly Farmhouse: An Organic Garden in the Scottish Highlands
- Hardscaping 101: Edible Gardens
- Behind the Hedges: Catherine Horwood’s Hidden Kitchen Garden