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Gardening in Winter

You don’t have to wait for spring to get your garden started. Learn how to prepare for your own garden, what you need to plant seeds indoors, and how to keep your seedlings healthy as they grow. You will receive seeds, starter pots, and soil, in this hands-on class taught by Master Gardener, Kathy Lee. Kathy has been a volunteer gardener at Salomon Farm Park for 10 years and begins starting seeds as early as February for the gardens. The course will also feature a Power Point presentation.

Registration deadline: February 7. Min. 15. Max. 20.

Code             Date Day Time
153805-S1    2/13 Sa    1-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$10
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Backyard Composting 

Learn how to prepare a compost pile, the materials that you can and cannot compost, different methods of composting and the use of different compost receptacles. Presenter Steve Pawlowski is a Master Gardener (in progress), compost enthusiast and Salomon Farm volunteer and has been an active urban vegetable gardener for the past 20 years. Ages 18+.
Registration deadline: February 12. Min. 7. Max. 20.
Code          Date  Day Time
153802-S1 2/20  Sa    1-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$9
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Selling Homemade Edibles:
Understanding the Rules
Saturday, February 6, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

What are the rules governing the sale of home-grown or homemade edibles? Steve Niemoeller from the Allen County Department of Health will share information on what is required to sell as a home-based vendor and answer any questions you may have. His presentation will be followed by a brief overview of the Salomon Farmers’ Market and how to become a vendor. Please let us know by January 22 if you plan to attend by calling Amy Hicks at 260-427-6005 or e-mailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Salomon Farmer’s Market 

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Call for Vendors
Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
June 8-September 7

Did you know that grocery store food has to travel an average of 1500 miles to get to you? Not so at the Salomon Farmers’ Market! Our vendors produce their goods within a 75 mile radius of 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. The market also features baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade crafts and children’s activities. Anyone interested in vending, sponsoring a free children’s activity or providing musical entertainment or an educational program related to healthy food and living, please call Karla at 427-6008.
 

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Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration!

Friday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. &  Saturday May 14, 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Join us at Salomon Farm Park for a two-day celebration of the fiber arts. Learn how natural fiber such as wool goes from animal to sweater as local fiber arts guilds provide hands-on activities and demonstrations in felting, carding, spinning, weaving, knitting and more. Vendors specializing in fiber arts will have lots of great items for sale including equipment and supplies for knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, and felting along with high quality items for yourself and your home including rugs, hats, bags, and toys. Natural fibers including wool, alpaca, silk and cotton will also be available for sale. Visit with live sheep and alpacas, goats, rabbits, and other farm animals at the petting zoo and then take a wagon ride provided by the Tri-State Antique Tractor Club. Food vendors will also be on the grounds. The Fiber Arts Celebration is produced by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department/Salomon Farm Park and sponsored by the Flax and Fleecers Spinning Guild. For information about vending, volunteering or about the event itself, please call Amy at 427-6005. Due to the nature of this event, pets are not allowed. 

Needle Felting Workshop

Soft, carded wool and a little barbed needle are all you need to create endless 3-D felt decorations and toys. You will learn needle felting techniques such as free-form 3D sculpting and using cookie cutters. Sign up for a single session or take all six workshops to create a complete collection of felted figures. No experience is needed. The workshops are open to all skill levels. All necessary equipment and supplies will be provided. Instructor Amy Williams is a local artist fascinated with the possibilities of fiber arts and has focused on creating Waldorf-inspired toys. Take home kits will be available for an additional fee. Ages 18+. Registration deadlines are one week prior to each workshop. Min. 10. Max. 12.

Code Date Day Time

Fairytale Princess
253808-M1 3/28 M 9:30-11:30A

Magical Creatures
253808-M2 4/11 M 9:30-11:30A

Easter
253808-M3 4/25 M 9:30-11:30A

Spring Garden
253808-M4 5/9 M  9:30-11:30A

Woodland Friends
253808-M5 5/23 M 9:30-11:30A

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$22
Sign up for all 5 workshops for $100.
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W Dupont Rd.

Salomon Farm Garden Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, March 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park Learning Center
817 W. Dupont Rd.

Salomon Farm Park has two gardens and an orchard that are planned, grown and harvested by a small group of dedicated volunteers. The produce is shared amongst the volunteers, sold at our Farmer’s Market to benefit the gardens and serves as a focal point for teaching children and adults about composting and gardening. The gardeners meet on Monday and Thursday mornings from April through October. If you are interested in volunteering in the gardens, please attend the volunteer orientation where you will meet current volunteers, tour the gardens and learn about the various tasks. Please call Amy Hicks at 427-6005 by March 7 to sign up for the orientation.

Catching Rain Fort Wayne Native Plant Sale & Monarch Waystation Planting

Saturday, May 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park Learning Center
817 W. Dupont Rd.

Looking for a source of native perennial plants for your rain garden or landscaping? Kick-off your Memorial Day weekend with beautiful native plants from Riverview Nursery. Master Gardeners and representatives from City Utilities will be on hand to answer your questions about plant selection and rain gardens. We’ll also be planting a monarch waystation during the plant sale. The waystation will provide habitat for monarchs with milkweed and other nectar and shelter plants. The public is invited to help plant the area that will become a Certified Waystation through Monarch Watch and to learn more about the importance of native plants and Monarch butterflies. Milkweed and other nectar plants will also be at the sale for those interested in planting their own waystation at home. Call Karla at 427-6008 for more information.

Therapeutic and Adaptive Gardening

This program is designed to engage children and adults with disabilities in spring gardening and plant-based activities for therapeutic benefits. Instructor Cheryl Silvers is a Horticulture Therapist certified by the Chicago Botanical Gardens. Classes are offered for youth and adults accompanied by a parent or caregiver (if needed). Participants will need to bring garden gloves. All other supplies will be included. Registration deadline: March 1. Min. 3. Max. 6.

Code Dates Day Time

Adults with Physical Disabilities
253817-R1 4/7-5/26 Th 1-2P

Adults with Intellectual Disabilities  
253817-R2 4/7-5/26 Th 2:30-3:30P

Ages 6-12
253914-R1 4/7-5/26 Th 4-5P

Ages 13-18
253914-R2 4/7-5/26 Th  5:30-6:30P

# Sessions/Fee: 8/$97
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Salomon Farm Animal Care Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, April 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Salomon Farm Park Learning Center
817 W. Dupont Rd.

Salomon Farm Park is home to a variety of livestock from May-October. Much of the care of these animals is provided by volunteers. If you are interested in helping with the care of our farm animals, please sign up to attend our volunteer orientation. This opportunity is dependent on the availability of openings and approval of a volunteer application. Please call Karla Yauchler at 427-6008 by April 8 for more information or to sign up for the orientation. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult guardian.

The Hammer Heads

Saturday, May 28, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park. 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Want to learn about blacksmithing? Join the club! The Hammer Heads Club is for youth ages 11-17 who want to learn this almost-forgotten craft. Local blacksmiths will teach shop safety, how to build a coal fire, and very basic blacksmithing. The club will meet at the Salomon Farm Blacksmiths’ Forge. Hammer Heads must wear 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. Call 427-6000 before May 28 to sign up (code #253906-S1). Membership in Hammer Heads is free. Questions? Call Karla at 427-6008. Min. 2. Max. 6.


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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 Amy Hicks at 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 2016

 2nd & 4th Fridays 

Share your knowledge of nature as you explore some of northeast Indiana’s finest outdoor areas in this nature-oriented group. 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.

Questions? Contact Amy Hicks 260.427.6005 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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

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