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Christmas on the Farm

Saturday, December 6, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Sleigh bells ring at Salomon Farm Park during our Christmas on the farm! Enjoy a live Nativity scene, live music, horse drawn wagon rides, a visit from St. Nicholas, holiday vendors and more at this traditional Christmas celebration. Admission is $5 per car. (For information about vending at the Christmas on the Farm event, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)  1-farmers market

 

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

Selling Homemade Edibles: Understanding the Rules

Saturday, February 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Salomon Farm Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont

What are the rules governing the sale of homegrown or homemade edibles? Ann Applegate 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. Her presentation will be followed by a brief overview of the Salomon Farmer’s Market and how to become a vendor. This program is FREE, but please let us know by January 23 if you plan to attend by calling Karla Yauchler at 260-427-6008 or e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

Winter Playdate!

Tuesdays, January 6-27

9:00-10:30 am

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

It’s winter fun on the farm every Tuesday in January! Children will enjoy this time each week to play with friends and explore the great outdoors. Winter Playdate is structured around winter fun and is designed to get kids moving! Each session will feature games, crafts, stories, and time outdoors as well as in our Learning Center. No pre-registration is necessary. Just bring the kids and let them play! Drop-in fee: $3 per family.
Children of all ages are welcome. Call Karla at 427-6008 for more information.

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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Field Trips on the Farm

May 1-30; August 11-September 30
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Plan a field trip to Salomon Farm Park to learn about animals, gardening, farming or  nature. The fee is $3/child/hour with a minimum charge of $30. Teachers and adult chaperones are free. Please call 427-6005 for more information or to schedule your group. 

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A copy of the 2014 Schedule for Wild Walkers  is now available on-line. 

Wild Walkers Welcome 2015

 2nd & 4th Fridays beginning January  9

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. Join us for our first walk of the New Year on Friday, January 9 at 8:30 a.m. at Salomon Farm Park Learning Center (817 W. Dupont Rd., east of Lima Rd., west of Coldwater Rd.). We will have the 2015 hiking schedules available. Please RSVP to Amy Hicks before 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 8 at 427-6005 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may call 427-6005 or go to www.fortwayneparks.org for a copy of the 2015 schedule.

 

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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.

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

Very helpful instructor, really enjoyed this class, I have wanted to learn how to make a terrarium for a very long time. Bridgette M.

Colleen was a great teacher; I look forward to taking other classes through the Fun Times. Karen M.

This was a great class! The Parks and Recreation staff was great and very personable. I enjoyed learning how to knit with such a master teacher. Cathy H.

You honestly do not know what Salomon's farm means to me!  It's home, lots of memories, because I grew up not far from there and remember when cows were in the pastures, pigs were grunting around and corn, beans and wheat were growing... of course that was when Dupont Road was a dirt road. Mom and Dad bought milk from a farmer that was near Johnson Road. That was during the 1960's!   I didn't know classes were held at Salomon. I am so glad that people are passing on these forgotten skills.

Thanks for inviting us to come, we had a great time and consider Salomon's Farm as the best, PREMIER, event for us to take part in.  
You and Tony were wonderful and the Farm looked wonderful. Kay & Larry D.

We so enjoyed our time w/you and your sheep at the Fiber Arts Celebration.  Hope you enjoy Three Bags Full as much as we have.  Hugs to the lambs. Carolyn D.  

Karla is a super fabulous instructor and that class was absolutely wonderful. I'm so glad the decision was made to have the Primitive Outdoor Skills class at Salomon Farm Park! Richie S.

DSC_1847-saloman_roosterMy 4 year old daughter, Elissa and I participated in the Gardening Tots program at Salomon Farm this fall.  We had so much fun!  I had no idea we would get to do so many different things.  From planting seeds, to composting, to harvesting even feeding the chickens and going on a hayride!  Elissa looked forward to this program every Thursday morning and couldn't wait to see what Karla and Jared had planned for the morning.   Each day began with a coloring page and a song and ended with a story.  So well organized!! One week we planted our own little green bean seed to bring home in a paper cup to "have fun with" and we put it in our kitchen window and Elissa is so thrilled that she has sprouted 5 little green beans!!  Thank you so much for such a great experience for me and my little one!!
Sincerely,
Christina W.

This was our first opportunity to attend the fall festival and we were so impressed! My daughter (and myself) loved every aspect of this event. Everyone was so welcoming and informative. The  young man counting attendance at the door, the farmers sharing information, firemen who made my daughter feel like the most important kid they had met that day (I am sure they made every kid feel this special), workers in the barns and even the parking attendants were so wonderful! We enjoyed a day full of old fashion (non-commercialized) fun and it was a great way for us to share how her grandparents lived and supported themselves with a family farm.

We will put this event on our calendar every year and share it with our friends.
Thanks!  Jennifer H.

The Rug Hooking class was fun.  Learned a lot.  Instructors were knowledgeable, patient and easy to learn from.  Highly recommend the class.  Laura D.

Wonderful class, I learned a lot and had fun.  Karen P.

The ladies were great and I would take this class again. This was a wonderful program and I hope you offer this again. A big thanks to you all. Laurie H.

I really enjoyed the class, the teacher was very knowledgeable and patient. I never go discouraged or felt like giving up. Cynthia P.

I love this class! The instructor was very patient and knowledgeable and I finally learned a skill that I have struggled to learn from other instructors in the past. Angela G.

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