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Mediterranean Cuisine

Mediterranean Cuisine is known for its freshness, color, and, last but not least, its flavor! Chef Patrick Whetstone of The Personal Palate will guide you this evening as you create three delicious dishes representative of this region: Orzo Salad, Baked Cod with Couscous, and Tuscan Chicken with Pasta. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: August 17. Min. 6. Max. 12.

Code                    Date      Day            Time

353814-M1          8/24       M            6-8 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$35

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


Vegetarian Cooking 2.0

Whether due to dietary restrictions or by personal choice, vegetarian doesn’t have to mean boring and bland. Prepare to experience amazing and adopt a new appreciation for vegetarian cuisine. Join in as Chef Patrick Whetstone of The Personal Palate prepares three separate meals that you can easily replicate at home: a unique Risotto, Zucchini Thermidor, and a delicious salad to start off the meal. Ages 18 +. Registration deadline: August 3. Min. 6. Max 12.

Code                    Date      Day            Time

353815-M1          8/10       M            6-8 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$35

Location: Salomon Farm Park, Wolf Family 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 this fun age appropriate cooking class. Today, we’re decorating cookies! Younger siblings are welcome to stay with their caregiver, but any child participating in class must register. Ages 2-5. This class is taught by a trained Wholesome Roots instructor. Registration deadline: August 11. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code                     Date      Day               Time

353920-T1            8/18       Tu           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 to 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! Today we are baking cookies and decorating them with royal icing. This class is taught by a trained Wholesome Roots instructor. Ages 6-14. Registration deadlines are 5 business days before each class. Min. 5. Max. 15.

Code                     Date      Day                Time

353919-T1            8/25       Tu           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$40

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

 

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Fall Programs

Seasonal and Fresh Cooking

With frost starting to cover the ground, it’s time to start planning warmer weather dishes. Lucky for you this is one of Chef Patrick Whetstone’s favorite things to do. Come enjoy an evening of light, vibrant and, most importantly, seasonal cooking and walk away feeling confident about making a three-course meal from your own garden or seasonal produce. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: September 14.  Min. 6. Max 12.

Code     Date      Day        Time

453836-M1          9/21       M            6-8 pm

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


Desserts with Chef Patrick!

Back by popular demand! In just 2 short hours, Chef Patrick Whetstone will walk you through the compilation of three delectable desserts you will be proud to serve for any occasion. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: September 28. Min. 6. Max 12.

Code     Date      Day        Time

453831-M1          10/5       M            6-8 pm

# Session/Fee: 1/$35

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


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.

Meet Our Chef

Patrick Whetstone

Patrick 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.

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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.


The Art of Blacksmithing for Women

Once an essential and vital trade, blacksmithing has become a metal art and many women have started to take an interest in this typically male-dominated activity. In this introductory class you will learn about forge operation, blacksmithing equipment and tools. Each participant will form a small metal hook before moving on to a simple project. The following protective equipment is required: 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. Note: The class meets only on the first and third Saturday. Registration deadline: September 1 . Min. 3. Max. 6.

Code     Dates    Days      Time

453819-S1            9/5-11/21            Sa           10 am-12 pm

# Sessions/fee: 6/$25

Location: Blacksmith Shop at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Road


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.


Wool Applique

Spend two evenings at Salomon Farm Park learning the basics of 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. You will choose one of three designs to create a 9” round table rug. All necessary supplies will be provided. Knowledge of the buttonhole and stem stitch are recommended.  Ages 12+.  Instructor Patty Miller has been doing wool applique for 20+ years. Registration deadline: September 17. Min. 6. Max. 12.

Code     Dates    Day        Time

453804-R1           9/24-10/1            Th           5-8 pm

# Session/Fee: 2/$55

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


Make a Mug Rug

Learn the basics of wool applique while making a beautiful mug rug. We’ll supply all the materials, design ideas and personalized instruction you need to create a simple 8” x 4” wool rug for your mug. Instructor Patty Miller has been doing wool applique for 20+ years. Registration deadline: October 8. Min. 6. Max 12.

Code     Date      Day        Time

453834-R1           10/15     Th           5-8 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$28

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. 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

Peter Pan (Pirate Ship Pizzas and Fruit Swords)

453920-T1            9/1        T              10-11 am

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

Harry Potter: Treacle Tart/Butter Beer

453921-T1            9/1         T              6-7:30 pm

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.


Needle Felting for Youth

In the world of crafting, needle felting is one of the cutest activities around. It’s simple in concept but looks complex in execution, and the results are elaborate sculptures made completely out of wool. After choosing colors and a design (natural or whimsical) you will felt a mushroom. All necessary equipment and materials will be provided. 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. Ages 10+. A parent or guardian must stay in the facility with each child under the age of 14. Registration deadline: September 4. Min. 8. Max 16.

Code     Date      Day        Time

453922-S1            9/12       Sa           10-11:30 am

# Session/Fee: 1/$30

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. 


Salomon Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays, June 3-September 2

4:00-4:30 p.m.

Seniors & Higher Risk Individuals

4:30-7:00 General Public

Our vendors produce their goods within a 75 mile radius of Salomon Farm Park (817 W. Dupont Rd.) and are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. We strive to find vendors who embrace sustainable and organic growing practices. The market also may include baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade crafts, food, entertainment and children’s activities. Interested in vending? Contact Eden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 427-6008.


 

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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Photo credit: Rylan Capper


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Photo credit: Rylan Capper

Professional Photography

at the Farm

Beautiful barns, rolling meadows, quaint gardens, and acres of cheery sunflowers make Salomon Farm Park an attractive place for photography. Professional photographers using Salomon Farm Park and charging for their services must purchase an annual photography permit ($50) at the Parks and Recreation Office, 705 E. State Blvd. Photography passes are not required of hobbyists or professional photographers hired to photograph events in rented facilities. For more information, contact Kellie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 427-6005.


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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

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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