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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.

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Salomon Farmer’s Market 

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.
Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
June 8-September 7

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 Call Karla at 260.427.6008 for more information. 

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MD and ME: Walk ‘N Learn

2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:45 p.m.

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

MD and Me will launch its fourth season on Tuesday, May 17. These free, informational sessions, held in the Old Barn on the second Tuesday of every month (with the exception of May), begin with blood pressure screenings at 5:45 p.m. and a physician’s talk at 6:00 p.m. Afterwards, the doctor leads a group walk on the Salomon Farm Park Trail. Participants can ask questions during the walk and look forward to door prizes and refreshments upon their return. In inclement weather, the program is moved indoors at the adjacent Parkview YMCA. To sign up, call 1-855-637-0010 or go to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . MD and ME is sponsored by the Parkview Physicians Group, the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation.

June 14   Men vs. Women: The Signs and

                Symptoms of Heart Disease

                with Dr. Mark O’Shaughnessy

July 12    Bunions: A Real Pain

               with Dr. Ashley Bojrab

Aug 9     Living with Fibromyalgia

               with Dr. Ken Austin

Sept 13   Pros and Cons of Vitamins and Supplements

                with Dr. Michele Helfgott

Oct 11   Keeping My Blood Pressure Under Control 

              with Dr. Sachin Logani

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The Hammer Heads

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 and how to build a coal fire. You’ll learn about blacksmithing tools and how to use them. The curriculum is designed for beginners. 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. Membership in Hammer Heads is free, however you must call 427-6000 by May 28 to sign up. Questions? Call Karla at 260.427.6008. Min. 2. Max. 6.

Code             Date     Day   Time
353906-S1    5/28     Sa     10:30 am-12:30
353906-S2    6/18     Sa     10:30 am-12:30
353906-S3    7/16     Sa     10:30 am-12:30
How to Thin Iris Bulbs

Have your irises stopped blooming?  Or, maybe they are just not blooming as well as they did in the past. Would you like to move some to a new bed or share with a friend?  Advance Master Gardener Kathy Lee will discuss reasons for reduced iris bloom and how to fix the problem.  She will demonstrate how to thin and move an old overgrown clump of iris rhizomes. All participants will receive an iris rhizome to take home with them. (Please bring a plastic grocery bag.) You will also learn about the different types of iris and how to extend the bloom of this very lovely flower. Finally, Kathy will share information on what to look for if you suspect iris borer and how to help control it. Registration deadline: July 9.  Min. 15.  Max. 20. 

Code           Date     Day    Time
353813-S1  7/16     Sa       1:30-3 pm
# Session/ Fee: 1/$5
Location: Salomon Farm, 817 W. Dupont Rd. 

Draft Horse 101

A draft horse is a large horse bred to be a working animal doing hard tasks such as plowing and other farm labor. Come out to the farm (bring the whole family) and learn all about these sturdy animals. The Dekalb County Horsemen Association will be at Salomon Farm with 10 teams of draft horses representing four different breeds. They will talk about the traits these animals possess along with safety tips for interacting them. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early and park in the Learning Center parking lot. The class will be held on the South side of the Learning Center. Some seating will be available but you are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the class will be moved inside the Heritage Barn which is the northernmost barn in the park. The program is FREE, however pre-registration is required. Donations to the Dekalb County Horsemen Association are at your pleasure. For more information, please call Karla at 427-6008. Registration deadline: June 4. Max. 60.

Code          Date     Day      Time
353600-S1 6/11      Sa         1-2 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/FREE
Location: Salomon Farm, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Concert ofn the Farm

Concert on the Farm
Adam Strack opening for
The Hubie Ashcraft Band
Sunday, August 21, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.
Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket (limited seating is provided inside the barn)  and enjoy an evening of live music in a beautiful country setting. Sandwiches and brews from Mad Anthony and Shigs In Pit will be available for purchase. 
Admission: $5/person (cash only)   
Call Karla at 260.427.6008 for more information.


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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 Karla Yauchler at 260.427.6008. 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 Karla Yauchler, 260.427.6008 

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 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. 

Photo courtesy of Robert Pence. 
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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


Photos from a large Field Trip Day with FFA volunteers!

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Photos courtesy of Fred Van Fossen


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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