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Fall Programs
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Cooking Techniques

Professional or amateur, it’s never a bad idea to polish your skills and share your own secrets of the trade. Allow Chef Patrick Whetstone to answer any cooking technique questions you may have while he walks you through blanching, braising, poaching, roasting, sautéing, and steaming to produce a three course meal that we all can enjoy at the end. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: November 9. Min. 6. Max 12.

Code                    Date      Day             Time

453832-M1          11/16      M            6-8 pm

# Session/Fee: 1/$35

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

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Wild Game Cooking Class

Be sure to check out Salomon Farm Park’s Facebook page for upcoming Wild Game cooking classes.  Wild Game Cooking will be offered this winter.  See below for additional information.

 

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Painting With Wool

Wet felting is the process of combining layers of wool into on flat piece of felt fabric. You will create a beautiful 6” x 6” waterfall picture using a variety of colorful wool fibers Sue Powe of Cousin Susie’s Felting has been working with wool since 2012 when she started making dreadlocks for her local dance community. Since that time, Susie has dedicated herself to share her love for the art form and fiber arts. All necessary equipment and materials will be provided. Ages 8-adult. A parent or guardian must stay in the facility with all children under the age of 12. Registration deadline: October 14. Min. 8. Max 16.

Code                     Date      Day                 Time

453822-W1          10/21      W            6-9:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$54

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


Little Roots: Culinary Classes for Preschoolers

*Adult/Child

Empower your little one to create his/her own healthy snacks. These fun, age appropriate cooking classes are bursting with hands-on activities and healthy concept learning through games and activities. Our theme this fall is Fairy Tale Food! Younger siblings are welcome to stay with their caregiver, but any child participating in class must register. Ages 2-5. Wholesome Roots Instructor: Sara Garton. Registration deadlines are one week prior to the start of each class. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code                     Date      Day                Time

Little Pigs (Pig Faces)

453920-T2            10/6       T              10-11 am

Frozen (Elsa Wands and Olaf Quesadillas)

453920-T3            11/24     T              10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

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


Roots: Culinary Classes for Youth

Designed to help children feel confident and comfortable in the kitchen, our Roots classes allow students to grow in their culinary skills. Each level allows for cooking instruction and recipes to be catered to the ability of the student! Each class offers hands on cooking time and instruction, and also allows time for eating! This fall’s theme is Fictional Food. Ages 6-14. Wholesome Roots Instructor: Meghan Hauser. Registration deadlines are 5 business days before each class. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code                     Date      Day                 Time

Narnia: Turkish Delight Balls (contains nuts)/Tea Sandwiches

453921-T2            10/6       T              6-7:30 pm

Lord of the Rings: Potato Soup/Bilbo’s Seed Cake

453921-T3            11/24     T              6-7:30 pm           

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$40

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

Meghan is the founder of Wholesome Roots Cooking. She spends a lot of time cooking and creating meals for her family. She enjoys teaching her 6 children that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean boring and gross food! Her mission is to inspire families to plant wholesome roots for a healthy lifestyle.


Wet Felted Soap

Did you know that wool felted soap will not hold germs? Wool is naturally antibacterial, breathable and odor resistant! Wool felted soap also acts as a exfoliating natural washcloth. Learn this useful and decorative craft! The simplicity of this project makes it perfect for kids, and makes a unique gift! Ages 5+.  Parents must stay in the facility with all children under the age of 14. All necessary equipment and materials will be provided.  Goat soap is provided by local Goat Girl Soaps. Sue Powe of Cousin Susie’s Felting has been working with wool since 2012 and has dedicated herself to share her love for the art form and fiber arts. Registration deadline: November 6. Min. 8. Max 16.

Code                     Date      Day                      Time

453835-S1            11/14     Sa           10 am-12 pm

 # Session/Fee: 1/$45

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

 

Christmas on the Farm

Call for Vendors and Entertainers!

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

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

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

 

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Winter Programs
Ready to register for Winter programs?

Register Starting November 4th!

 

Winter Solstice Walk/Ride & Bonfire

Monday, December 21, 4:30 p.m. Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

On the shortest day, let’s light the night! Bring  a flashlight or battery operated lantern and join us on bike or on foot to celebrate the winter solstice. We encourage bikers to light up their bikes for fun, but all bikes are required to have a front white light and a red rear reflector or red rear light. We also encourage riders to be safe and wear a helmet. The 6.5 mile bike ride will begin at 4:45 and the 1.65 mile walk at 5:00. We’ll gather back at the farm afterwards for a bonfire. This free community event is possible sponsored by Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, City of Fort Wayne Greenways & Trails and Fort Wayne Trails. Follow Salomon farm on Facebook for updates and weather-related cancellations.


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Evergreen Swag Workshop

The holiday season calls for fresh evergreen decorations! Create your own evergreen swag with holiday charm. Amy Henry, Landscape Designer at Arbor Farms Nursery, will help you arrange the fresh and fragrant branch tips of fir, cedar and pine into a festive evergreen swag which you will then accent with pine cones, berries and a decorative bow. Hang it on your door, lamp post or porch to enjoy all throughout the holiday season! Please bring garden gloves, pruners and any of your own accents that you would like to incorporate into the swag. Age 16 +. Registration deadlines: November 25 and December 2. Min. 16 Max. 25.

Code              Date             Day                      Time

153818-W1    12/2              W                     6-7 pm

153818-W2    12/9              W                     6-7 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$45

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


Wool Applique

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. We will be making a 9” round table rug. You will choose one of three designs to get you started. All necessary materials will be provided. Knowledge of the buttonhole and stem stitches will be helpful. Ages 12+. Instructor Patty Miller has been doing wool applique for 20+ years. Registration dead- line: January 6. Min. 6. Max. 12.

Code              Dates           Day                      Time

153840-W1    1 /13-1/20     W                      5-8 pm

# Session/Fee: 2/$55

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

Blacksmithing for Women

This course is designed specifically to introduce women into the metal art of Blacksmith. The Salomon Blacksmith instructor will give an overview of forge operation, blacksmithing equipment and even tools that can be created and used by blacksmiths. The curriculum is designed for beginners. Participants will complete a small metal hook to begin with, followed by other small project. Participants require the following protective equipment: leather closed-toed shoes, full-length pants, natural fiber clothing (cotton, wool, etc.) and all loose hair must be tied back. Gloves and protective eye wear will be provided. The class begins December 5 and meets every other Saturday, ending on February 20. Registration deadline: November 24.

Min. 3. Max 6.

Code              Starts       Day                       Time     
153819-S1     12/5         Sa            10 am-12 pm

# Sessions/fee: 6/$25 Location: Blacksmith Shop, Salomon Farm Park,

817 West Dupont Rd.

 

Make a Mug Rug

Learn the basics of wool applique while creating a simple 8” x 4” mug rug (coaster). Choose from multiple designs. All necessary materials will be provided. Instructor Patty Miller has been enjoying wool applique for 20+ years. Registration deadline: December 30. Min. 6. Max 12.

Code              Date             Day                      Time
153841-W1   1/6                W                      5-8 pm

#Sessions/Fee: 1/$28

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


Cajun Cuisine

Warm and moderately spicy Cajun food is one way to stay warm during a harsh winter. We will be making Jambalaya, Etouffee and Gumbo . . . true classics from this flavorful region. Ages 18+. Instructor: Chef Patrick Whetstone. Registration deadline: January 4. Min. 6. Max 12.

Code              Date             Day                      Time
153838-M1    1/11              M                      6-8 pm

# Session/Fee: 1/$35

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

For the Love of Italian

February is the month of love and everyone loves Italian food. Bring your loved one along and enjoy a fun night of cooking together. Tonight’s menu   is Chicken Parmesan, Caprese Zucchini, and Panzanella Salad, a true recipe for euphoria and comfort. Chef Patrick Whetstone will guide you through this preparation for an upscale dining experience. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: February 1. Min. 6. Max 12.

Code              Date             Day                      Time
153839-M1    2/8                M                      6-8 pm

# Session/Fee: 1/$35

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

Spanish Tapas

A tapa is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine. Full of flavor and color, tapas can be hot or cold and made with a wide variety of ingredients. Spend an evening with Chef Whetstone from The Personal Palate and learn how easy it can be to wake up your taste buds and impress your friends at your next party or gathering. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: February 15. Min. 6. Max 12.

Code               Date                        Day                                      Time

153837-M1     2/22                        M                                      6-8 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$35

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

Wild Game Cooking

Salomon Farm Park and the National Wild Turkey Federation bring you a wildly unique cooking experience. If you want healthy, local, lean, antibiotic-free meat . . . wild game is your answer. Instructor John Heingartner demonstrates the preparation and execution of simple wild game recipes incorporating rabbit, squirrel, venison and waterfowl. Ages 18 +. Registration deadlines: January 11, January 30 and February 24. Min. 4.

Max. 10

Code                                 Date             Day                      Time

Rabbit and Squirrel

153842-M1                       1/18                M                     6-8 pm

Venison

153842-W1                       2/3                 W                     6-8 pm

Waterfowl

153842-W2                       3 /3                 W                     6-8 pm

# Session/Fee: 1/$25

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

 

Knife Techniques

Contrary to popular belief, most kitchen accidents involving a knife are because the knife is too dull, not because it is too sharp. Learn how to sharpen, fine tune and care for your kitchen knives, then practice basic cuts on fruits and vegetables to learn cutting techniques and hand placement. Our goal is to eliminate those accidental cuts on your hand. This class is back by popular demand, so sign up early! Ages 18+. Instructor: Chef Patrick Whetstone. Registration deadline: December 7. Min. 6. Max 12.

Code              Date             Day                      Time

153834-M1    1 2/14            M                     6-8 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$35

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

Cake Pops!

Who doesn’t love cake on a stick? Yum! But these cake pops aren’t just any old cake pops, they are made with homemade cake and frosting. We will learn about different dipping coatings and practice coating our cake pops in them. Finally, we will roll them in all kinds of fun things like sprinkles, crushed chocolate chip cookies and crumbled Oreos. Taste-testing included! Ages 10+. Instructor: Angela Esselburn. Registration deadline: November 27. Min. 6. Max 15.

Code              Date             Day                      Time

153835-R1     12/3             Th           5:30-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$34

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

Making Cakesicles

Cakesicles are a fun twist on the traditional cake pop. Crafted in popsicle molds, cakesicles are an easy-to-make version of the ever-popular treat with a little more surface area for fun decorating. We will accent our cakesicles with interesting things like small molded chocolates, edible paint, sprinkles and more. Warning . . . they might look too pretty to eat! Ages 10+. Instructor: Angela Esselburn. Registration deadline: December 10. Min. 6. Max 15.

Code                          Date             Day                      Time

153836-R1                12/17            Th           5:30-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$34

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

Little Roots: Culinary Classes for Preschoolers

*Adult/Child

Empower your little one to create his/her own healthy snacks. We’ve partnered with Wholesome Roots Cooking to offer fun, age appropriate cooking classes bursting with hands-on learning and cooking! Younger siblings are welcome to stay with their caregiver, but any child participating in class must register. Ages 2-5. Registration deadlines are one week prior to the start of each class. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code              Date             Day                      Time

Reindeer Snack Mix

Both reindeer and humans will like this customizable snack mix that also makes a great gift during the holiday season!

153909-T4      12/1              T                   10-11 am

Little Prince and Princess Tea Party

These snacks are perfect for a tea party! Prince and princess attire is encouraged but not required!

153909-T5       1/5               T                  10-11 am

Valentine’s Day Cooking

Discover creative ways to show love from the kitchen and a special memory between you and your child!

153909-T3        2/2              T                   10-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25

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

Roots: Culinary Cooking Classes for Youth

Designed to help children and youth feel confident and comfortable in the kitchen, our Roots classes allow students to grow in their culinary skills. Classes are kept small so recipes can be catered to the ability of the student! Each class offers hands on cooking time and instruction, and also allows time for eating! Ages 6-14. Registration deadlines are 5 business days before each class. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code                      Date             Day                      Time

Holiday Appetizers

These recipes are kid approved and kid friendly to prepare!

153911-T6              12/1              T                 6-7:30 pm

Host a Brunch

Get tips on how to host a brunch and hands-on brunch recipes!

153911-T7              1/5                T                 6-7:30 pm

Valentine’s Day Cooking

Creative ways to show love from the kitchen! We’ll prepare one savory and one sweet recipe.

153911-T3              2/2                T                 6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$40

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

 

Art at the Farm

Looking for the perfect Holiday project to create with your kiddos? Let Angela Esselburn, a licensed elementary art teacher, collect the materials and resources to teach art techniques while incorporating literature.

K-2nd Grade Art Series

Create an adorable polar bear mixed media piece while learning implied texture. First, we will learn about polar bears through a few favorite books. Second, we will create our bear and place him in a snowy forest scene while learning about foreground, background and value. Ages 5-7. Registration deadline: November 30. Min. 6. Max 15.

Code              Dates            Days            Time

153912-M1    12/7 & 12/16 M/W     5:30-7 pm

# Session/Fee: 2/$46

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

3rd-5th Grade Series

The book A Perfect Day is the basis for the snow angel mixed media piece students will create in the first class session. They will also make a collage   of holiday sleigh bells. Taking inspiration from vintage cards, we will make our bells look 3D by adding shadows and highlights. Ages 8-10. Registration deadline: December 4. Min. 6. Max. 12.

Code              Dates             Day                            Time
153913-F1     12/11-12/18    F                        5:30-7 pm

# Session/Fee: 2/$46

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

 

Salomon Farm Parks Virtual Guided Hike

Until we can meet up again...you can check out the hike video and see what we are doing!

 

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Dirt Wain Community Composting

Salomon Farm Park has partnered with Dirt Wain, a new composting initiative in the area that processes food scraps from households. Members are provided with a bucket that they fill, drop off at the Farm at their convenience, and then pick up a clean bucket to repeat the process. For more detailed information or to sign up check out www.dirtwain.com or Salomon Farm Park on Facebook. 


Meet Our Chefs


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Photo credit: Rylan Capper

Patrick Whetstone

Chef Patrick Whetstone graduated from Johnson and Wales University in North Miami and opened David Bouley’s Evolution inside the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach before making his way back to Indiana where he practices his culinary artistry at The Personal Palate.

Read a first hand account of a blog written by Rylan Capper about his experience "Cooking on the Farm" with Patrick Whetstone...and then sign up today for a class!

Chad Seewald

Chad 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.

Renee Williams

Chef Renee Williams is a graduate of Johnson and Wales in Charlotte, NC. She has an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts with a Nutrition focus as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Beverage Management. She now works with the wonderful folks at Parkview Mirro Center. 

Meghan Hauser

Meghan is the founder of Wholesome Roots Cooking and is a certified Healthy Hands Cooking instructor.


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Photo credit: Rylan Capper


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Professional Photography

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We are pleased that Salomon Farm Park has become a popular destination for photography. Capturing memories for Fort Wayne residents at this gorgeous public park couldn’t make us any happier! Beautiful barns, rolling meadows, quaint gardens, and acres of cheery sunflowers make Salomon Farm Park an attractive place for photography. Passes may be purchased over the phone by calling 260-427-6000 or in person at the Parks and Recreation main office in Northside Park at 705 E. State Blvd, 46805 (entrance on Parnell Ave).  Business hours are Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. All fees will directly support Salomon Farm Park operations.


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Photo credit to Erin Eicher with InJoy Photography


We Rent for Your Event!

Historic Old Barn
Wolf Family Learning Center

The peaceful setting of Salomon Farm Park makes our elegant rental spaces perfect for weddings, receptions, reunions, concerts, dances, and many other special events. We are now booking for 2020 and still have some availability for 2019! For more information visit our website at www.fortwayneparks.org and click on Facilities>Salomon Farm Park>Rental Opportunities or contact Kellie Adkins, 427-6005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Old Barn rents May-October only. Learning Center rents January-May and August-December. 

 

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Events
                                                                                                   

 

Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Fest 2019 Photos

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Field Trips on the Farm

May 1 – May 31

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Farm tours are available at Salomon farm in 1-2 hour increments. Typically a farm tour will feature lots of hands on time with our animal friends and also highlight composting, gardening and farm life back in the old days. A wagon ride is available upon request for farm tours of 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 Salomon Farm Park at 427-6008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions and scheduling. Field trip cost is $3/participant/hour. Teachers, care givers and adult chaperones are free. A minimum fee of $30/hour applies to all groups. We can accommodate up to 30 students per tour and 1:10 chaperone: student ratio is recommended. 

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Pictured from left to right: Dave Fike, Carl Fike, and Roy Fike
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Salomon Farm Volunteer Opportunities

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Salomon Farm Park relies on volunteers to help maintain the park and provide various amenities and services to our community. If you are interested in becoming a garden volunteer or getting involved in farm park operations indirectly through the Tractor Club or Gardeners of America, please plan to attend our garden volunteer orientation or any of the clubs’ meetings. All meetings are held at the Salomon Farm Park in the Wolf Family Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd. If your business, club, or scout group is looking for service hours or projects please contact Kellie at 427-6005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Tri-State Antique Tractor Club

3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m.

The Tri-State Antique Tractor Club tends the crop fields and is a key piece of our annual Fall Harvest Festival. The club is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of old farm machinery. Join the club and meet other tractor enthusiasts, assist in tending the crop fields, and get the chance to learn and work on a myriad of antique farm equipment pieces. For more information please contact Kellie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 427-6005.


Gardeners of America Club

2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m.

The mission of the Gardeners of America is to promote gardening education and related environmental issues to its membership and the gardening public through charitable, educational and scientific means. Join the club! For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 427-6005.


Flax and Fleecers Guild

2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm

The Flax and Fleecers Guild is a group dedicated to the fiber arts: spinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting and more! In addition to the monthly meetings, the guild participates in many activities throughout the year, including spin-ins, Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration, the Johnny Appleseed Festival, spinning at the Old Fort, and many more. The club meets at Salomon Farm Park in the Learning Center on the second Tuesday of each month. The group gathers at 6:30 pm for business followed by a program or show and tell. Guild meetings in July and December will be held off site. For more information please contact Kellie at 427-6005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

Wild Walkers 2020

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. 

2020 Wild Walkers Schedule


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Blacksmithing

Thanks to Salomon Farm Blacksmiths for all of their volunteer hours in teaching classes and demonstrating at events. Join the Blacksmiths at 9 am on the 4th Saturday of 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 Carroll High School's Future Farmer's of America for their continued support of Salomon Farm Park!


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