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Salomon Farm Park & Dupont Road Construction:

The excitement is building…
To improve the park and add more amenities several renovation and construction projects will take place in 2018. Please pardon our construction while we undergo these exciting improvements!

Little Roots: Culinary Classes for Preschoolers

*Adult/Child

Join Wholesome Roots Cooking at Salomon Farm Park for a fun hour with your little one! We’ve got fun, age appropriate classes bursting with hands-on activities, healthy concept learning through games, and of course, empowering your little one to create their own special healthy snacks. Younger siblings are always welcome to stay in class with their caregiver!  Any child participating in class will need to register. Ages 2-5. Instructor Meghan Hauser is the founder of Wholesome Roots Cooking and is a certified Healthy Hands Cooking instructor. Registration deadlines are one week prior to the start of each class. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code                     Date      Day          Time

453820-T2            9/25       T              10-11 am

Meet Our Local Farmer

453820-F2            9/28       F              1-2 pm

Halloween Party

453820-T3            10/30     T              10-11 am

Halloween Party

453820-F3            10/26     F              1-2 pm

Pumped About Pumpkin

453820-T4            11/27     T              10-11 am

International Foods

453820-F4            11/30     F              1-2 pm

# Sessions / Fee: 1/$30

Location: Learning Center at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Cook Your Own Adventure: Culinary Series for Elementary                  

Poor planning often leads to poor choices, but with a little know-how and some fun recipes, kids and families can attack hunger with great tasting snacks that also have a nutritional punch. We will make several healthy recipes to inspire healthy habits at home! This 4 week series will focus on simple snacks and meals your kids can prepare! Each Healthy Hands Cooking class begins with a nutrition lesson/game and includes hands-on cooking and instruction. Each child will have opportunity to eat the delicious snack they made! Age 7-13. Instructor Meghan Hauser is the founder of Wholesome Roots Cooking and is a certified Healthy Hands Cooking instructor. Registration deadlines: August 28, September 25 and October 30. Min. 5. Max. 15. No class November 22.

Code                    Dates                   Day            Time

453821-R1           9/6-9/27               Th           6-7 pm

453821-R2           10/4-10/25          Th            6-7 pm

453821-R3           11/1-11/29          Th            6-7 pm

# Sessions / Fee: 4/$108

Location: Learning Center at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Natural Dye Workshop

Create beautifully colored yarns with natural ingredients! We’ll begin with a lesson on how to prepare a wool skein for dyeing, then focusing on the three primary colors of red, blue and yellow you will learn how to dye the wool using only natural ingredients. Ages 16+. Instructor Betty Barry is the owner of The Little Shop of Spinning and has been hand spinning for nearly three decades and making her own natural dyes for 28 years. Registration deadline: September 26. Max. 6.

Code                     Date      Day         Time

453803-S1            10/6       Sa           9 am-2:30 pm

# Sessions / Fee: 1/$60

Location: Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Wool Applique

Wool applique is ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric in different shapes and patterns are sewn onto a larger piece to form a picture or pattern. You will choose one of four designs and applique a 9” x 10” table rug. Felted wool, patterns, floss, needles and freezer paper and other necessary equipment will be provided. Knowledge of the buttonhole and stem stitch is helpful but not necessary. Ages 12+ with stitching experience. Instructor Patty Miller has been doing wool applique for 20 + years. Registration deadline: October 4. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                     Dates                 Day           Time

453804-R1           10/18-10/25        Th           5-8 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 2/$55

Location: Learning Center, Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Prohibition Kitchen: Mixology Basics Series

Salomon Farm is partnering with Old Crown for this 5-part mixology series! Christopher Glover brings his 6 years of bartending experience to guide participants through the basics of creating cocktails. Chris will help students navigate the various tools, techniques, spirits, ingredients and garnishes while offering history and traditions and debunking myths about booze. Each session will conclude with students using their newly developed skills to create and enjoy premium cocktails. Ages 21+. Registration deadline: August 27. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                    Dates                 Days              Time

453822-M1          9/10-10/8            M            7:30-9 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 5/$150

Location: Learning Center, Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Prohibition Kitchen: LEGENDary Cocktails

Learn how to make Halloween themed cocktails while listening to the spooky legend of Dead Horse Bottom. Whether you plan on sipping at home or hosting a Halloween bash, you’ll be able to turn your cocktail creating tricks in to treats! Come join the fun! Costumes are encouraged! Ages 21+. Presented by Old Crown bartender Christopher Glover. Registration deadline: October 15. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                    Date      Day           Time

453823-M1          10/29     M            7-9 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$57

Location: Learning Center at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Baking with Sweets So Geek

The Basics of Baking will help you be a better baker in just four relaxed, fun filled sessions! Each week will focus on a different topic: Quickbreads, Cakes, Cookies and Custards. We’ll also cover scones, cornbread, cake basics and substitutions for gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, basic cookies, variations on chocolate chip types, crème brulee, and cheesecake. The class size is limited to ensure our instructors are able to give you their full and careful attention. Ages 16+. Instructor Chad Seewald is the head cake guy at Sweets So Geek where he gets to mix his loves of food and fandoms. Seewald learned about desserts while working his way up from dishwasher to head pastry chef at a five star restaurant and mixed that knowledge with his love of all things geeky to create the one-of-a-kind shop, Sweets So Geek that specializes in custom cakes, ice cream made in the store, desserts, and geeky themed chocolates. Registration deadline: September 17. Min. 4. Max 8.

Code                    Dates                 Day                Time

453824-M1          10/1-10/22          M            6-8:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 4/$110

Location: Learning Center at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont

Fundamentals of Pie Baking

From crust to cream, what makes a good pie? What are the rules to keep in mind when constructing the perfect pie? What is the key to the perfect pie crust? And what other options can be used for a one of a kind crust? We’ll tackle all of these questions and more! Learn the why’s behind the answers along with how to make a classic rustic apple pie. Ages 16+. Chad Seewald is the head cake guy at Sweets So Geek where he gets to mix his loves of food and fandoms.  Seewald learned about desserts while working his way up from dishwasher to head pastry chef at a five star restaurant and mixed that knowledge with his love of all things geeky to create the one-of-a-kind shop, Sweets So Geek that specializes in custom cakes, ice cream made in the store, desserts, and geeky themed chocolates. Registration deadline: October 8. Min.  5. Max. 10.

Code                     Date      Day                      Time

453805-S1            10/20     Sa           10 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$45

Location: Learning Center at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

The Art of Holiday Pies with Sweets So Geek

If your pumpkin pie just isn’t cutting it, impress your family with something different for dessert this year. Learn some new variations and fun tricks to spice up your holiday desserts! We’ll go over variations on classics like sugar cream pie and we’ll teach you the secrets of a layered pie including pecan, apple, and pumpkin. Instructor Chad Seewald learned about desserts while working his way up from dishwasher to head pastry chef at a five star restaurant and mixed that knowledge with his love of all things geeky to create the one-of-a-kind shop, Sweets So Geek that specializes in custom cakes, ice cream made in the store, desserts, and geeky themed chocolates. Registration deadline: October 29. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code                      Date      Day        Time

453826-S1            11/10     Sa           10 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$45

Location: Learning Center, Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.


MD and ME Walk n Learn

3rd Tuesday of Each Month, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Come jump-start your exercise program by listening to a physician presentation on a specific health topic, and then join us on a walk on the Salomon Farm Park trail. During your walk, you will have the opportunity to ask the physician your own questions. Each session will have free blood pressure screenings, educational materials, and snacks in the Old Barn. In case of inclement weather, program and walking will be moved indoors to Parkview YMCA, 10001 Dawson’s Creek Blvd. For more information and to register for any of the MD and ME: Walk-n-Learn events, please call 1-855-637-0010 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sponsor: Parkview Physicians Group

Parkview Physicians

 

 

Handmade Homemade Sale

Sunday, October 21, 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Time to start your holiday shopping! If it was grown locally or made by hand it will be for sale at this special sale. Farmers, bakers, crafters, and artisans will be selling their homemade/home-grown goods at Salomon Farm Park in the Old Barn.

Interested in vending? Contact Eden at 260-427-6008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive an application.

 

Christmas on the Farm

Call for Vendors and Entertainers!

Saturday, December 1, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

We are looking for crafters and artisans who can brave the cold and fill the barn with Christmas cheer and lots of homemade gifts and goodies. Contact Eden Lamb at 427-6008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a vendor application.


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Farm Kids 
Field Trips on the Farm
September -October
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Salomon Farm tours feature lots of hands on time with our animal friends and highlight composting, gardening and life on the farm in the old days. Field trips are scheduled in 1-2 hour increments. Wagon rides are available upon request for tours booked for 1½ hours or more. All ages welcome! Field trip scheduling  is subject to availability and reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Eden at 427-6008 or eden.lamb@ cityoffortwayne.org. We can accommodate up to 30 students and a 1:10 chaperone to student ratio is recommended. Field trip fees are $3/participant/hour.  Teachers,  care  givers and adult chaperones are free. A minimum fee of $30/hour applies to all groups.

Additional Information on Field Trips

Salomon Farm Park Field & Tour Description
Reference for Teachers-Getting the Most out of Your Farm Trip


Wild Walkers Pokagon Group Shot
Wild Walkers pose for a group picture at Pokagon State Park.  Photo credit: Steve Hague

Wild Walkers 2018

Wild Walkers is an adult hiking group that meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month for a walk on the wild side. Each hike features a different natural area in the region (parks, wetlands, nature preserve, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary. Please call Eden at 427-6008 or e-mail eden.lamb@cityof fortwayne.org if you have questions. 


2018 Wild Walkers Schedule


Salomon Farm Old Barn Rentals 

This magnificent old building sits majestically along Dupont Road on a small working farm operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. The peaceful, bucolic setting includes a pond, wetlands, livestock pens, vegetable gardens, prairie grasses and crop fields. The barn, originally built in the late 1800’s, housed livestock and stored farm equipment and served the farm for over 100 years. The barn has been restored to capture the rustic look of the historical structure. The old barn features a large seating area and tables for up to 170 guests and a separate room for the catering operation. A separate but adjacent building houses the restrooms. The Old Barn may be reserved from May-October. For additional information please check out the Rental Opportunities at Salomon link, including the rental contract. Call 427-6000 for more information.   

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Pictured from left to right: Dave Fike, Carl Fike, and Roy Fike. 

Tri-State Two Cylinder Club

The Tri-State Two Cylinder Club takes its name from the early John Deere tractors that had only had two cylinders that gave them the distinctive popping sound.  In some circles these old tractors were called “Johnny Poppers”.  Although most of the members own John Deere tractors, there are a lot of other “colors” (manufacturers) around the Salomon Farm as well. 

The Two Cylinder Club at Salomon Farm Park is responsible for farming most of the crop fields (corn, soybeans, wheat and oats).  The DeKalb County Horsemen also farm three smaller fields using draft horses and mules for their work. 

The Two Cylinder Club is a major player in our Fall Harvest Festival.  They provide about 28 volunteers for all the different events during the festival.  In addition, the club has found old time farm equipment, restored the pieces and then placed them in the Heritage Barn for the enjoyment of our visitors.  

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Blacksmith Shed

Thanks to The Maumee Valley Blacksmiths for all of their volunteer hours in teaching classes and demonstrating at Festivals. Join the Maumee Valley Blacksmiths at 9 am on the 4th Saturday each month to watch and participate in forging (18 years and up only).  Find the blacksmiths in the forge, just south of the gardens.


 

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Salomon Trail

Be sure to check out the trail at Salomon! It is open to the public from 6 a,m.-11 p.m. To read more about the trail, check out the Salomon Trail Press Release


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Thanks to our FFA volunteers for making the 2018 Field Day so special!

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Photos courtesy of Fred Van Fossen

Testimonials

Salomon Farm Park is an amazing place. Our trip was very educational and we learned a lot.  We had a wonderful time!  They loved the animals.  P. Hunter

Outstanding presentation! Teacher extremely knowledgeable, helpful and well prepared. Marylou H.

Thank you. The class was well organized and Kay was prepared. She supplied so much information and was very helpful. Her helpers were kind, polite and very professional. Kay is a down to earth, no fuss person, and does not make you feel like you do not know what you are doing (even though I did not). I am excited about this subject and will use my knowledge gained in this class. Kay also gave us unlimited access to her for future questions, which I know I will have. She was an excellent instructor. Thank You. A. M. 

 

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