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Upcoming Programs & Events

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Selling Your Homemade Edibles: Understanding the Rules
Saturday, February 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Join us at Salomon Farm Park for this informational meeting explaining how to sell your homegrown or homemade goodies. Steve Schumm from the Allen County Department of Health will give a presentation on how to sell as a home-based vendor and answer your questions. You are welcome to stay for a brief overview of the Salomon Farmer’s Market following the home-based vendor talk. This program is free-of-charge but please contact Kellie at 260-427-6005 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by January 27 if you plan to attend. Min. 10. Max. 50.

Screen Printing for Beginners
Once you start screen printing your original designs, you won’t want to stop! Learn how to stretch your own screens, draw designs, and transfer them onto your chosen item using classic screen printing techniques. Bring a t-shirt or other item you wish to print and wear old clothes or an apron. Ages 12+. Instructor Leigha VandeZande is a self-taught local artist and owner of Vandi Art. Registration deadline: January 23.  Min. 8. Max. 10.

Code              Dates    Day    Time
148216-M1    2/6-2/27 M    5-7 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 4/$75
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center,
817 W. Dupont Rd.

Gardening Under Glass: Terrarium Making
Add a little greenery to your life this winter with a terrarium! Terrariums are a beautiful addition to desks, dining room tables and other well-lit areas. Master Gardener Kathy Lee will guide you step by step as you create your own terrarium and leave you with the knowledge and skills necessary to continue your new hobby. All tools and materials will be provided.   Ages 18+.  Min. 8. Max. 15.

Code          Date Day Time
148215-S1 2/11 Sa 1-2:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$12
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center,
817 W. Dupont Rd

Nature Lecture Series
2nd Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park Learning Center,
817 W. Dupont Rd.

How were our rivers formed? How healthy are they? How does local wildlife adapt in populated areas? What can I do to help the environment when I live in such an urban area? This science-based nature lecture series will give you the opportunity to learn about local ecology and to interact with local scientists and researchers. Please call Kellie at 427-6005 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the Monday prior to the lecture to reserve your seat. Space is limited to 50 persons.  

December 14: Of Glaciers and Continents: The Origins and Diversity of Habitats in Northeastern Indiana with Dr. Mark Jordan

January 11: The Rivers of Fort Wayne: Water Quality, River Behavior, and Aquatic Residents with Dr. Robert Gillespie

February 8: Urban Ecology: The Wildlife of Fort Wayne with Dr. Bruce Kingsbury

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Photos courtesy of Robert Pence. See more photos at: http://www.robertpence.com 


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On-Going

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Farm Tours at Salomon Farm Park

Field Trips on the Farm
May 1-June 3 and August 11–September 20
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Salomon Farm tours feature hands-on time with our animal friends and highlight composting, gardening and life on the farm in the old days. Wagon rides are available upon request for farm tours booked for 1½ hours or more. If you have a specific area of interest we will do our best to work it into the tour. Field trips are scheduled in 1-2 hour increments. Scheduling is subject to availability. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by contacting Kellie Adkins at 260.427.6005. There is a charge of $3/hour/child. Teachers and adult chaperones are free. A minimum fee of $30/hour applies to all groups. Maximum capacity is 45 participants. 

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Wild Walkers Welcome 2017

Friday, January 6, 8:30 a.m.
Salomon Farm Park,  817 W. Dupont Rd.

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. Join us at Salomon Farm for this kick-off meeting and first walk of the new year. We will have the 2017 hiking schedules available. For planning purposes, please let us know if you plan to attend the kick-off by calling Kellie at 427-6005 or e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Monday, January 2. The 2017 walk schedule will also be available at www.fortwayneparks.org.

2016 Wild Walker 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. Please visit www.fortwayneparks.org and look under wedding facilities to find our page and get more information, including the rental contract. There are limited dates still available for 2015. Call 427-6000 for more information. 

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Photo courtesy of Robert Pence. 
See more photos at: http://www.robertpence.com/  

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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.

Salomon Farmer’s Market 
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. 
Check back in the spring for opening information.


Did you know that your food has to travel an average of 1500 miles to get to you? Not so at the Salomon Farmer’s Market! Our vendors produce their goods within a 75 mile radius from Salomon Farm Park. Our produce vendors are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs and we strive to find vendors who embrace sustainable and organic growing practices and GMO free products. The market will also include baked goods, honey, maple syrup, homemade pies, artisan goods and Live Music. “Like” Salomon Farm Park on Facebook for special events’ schedule and market updates or get a copy of our Farmers’ Market brochure at fortwayneparks.org. Call Kellie at 260.427.6005 for more information. 

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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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Photos from a large Field Trip Day with FFA volunteers!

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Photos courtesy of Fred Van Fossen


Testimonials

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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