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Upcoming Programs & Events

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Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration!
Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Join us at Salomon Farm for a two-day celebration of fiber arts. The focus of this festival is education through hands-on participation and demonstrations. Learn how natural fiber such as wool goes from animal to sweater: sheering, dyeing, spinning, weaving, knitting and more! Vendors specializing in fiber arts will sell equipment and supplies such as spinning wheels, wooden knitting needles, looms and shuttles, felting needles and forms, and crochet hooks. Natural fiber including wool, alpaca, silk and cotton, as well as hand-made fiber products such as sweaters, mittens, shawls and more will also be for sale. Visit with live animals, shop fiber art supplies and products, or just enjoy a day on the farm! Food vendors will also be on the grounds. The Fiber Arts Celebration is co-sponsored by the Flax and Fleecers Spinning Guild of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. Call Karla at 260-427-6008 for more information. Due to the nature of this event, pets are not allowed. 

The Hammer Heads
Saturday, May 30, 10:30 am-12:30 pm 
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 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 pre-registration is required. Call 427-6011 by May 28 to sign up. Questions? Call Karla at 427-6008. Min. 2. Max. 6. 

Spring Bazaar at the Farm
Wednesday, May 27, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Locally grown and hand-made, the products sold at Salomon Farm’s Spring Bazaar are guaranteed to please! Our Spring Bazaar will feature homemade items (clothing, decorations, jewelry, etc.), baked goods,  plants  and spring crops! Items may also include vegetables, fruit, herbs, plants, flowers, maple syrup, honey and more. If you are interested in vending at the bazaar, contact Amy at 427-6005 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

1-farmers marketSalomon Farmer’s Market Call for Vendors!
Wednesdays, June 17-Sept 9, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

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. The market also may include baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade craft vendors, food vendors and children’s activities. The Farmer’s Market is open 4:00-7:00 p.m. every Wednesday from June 3 through August
26. If you are interested in receiving a Vendor Application,  please  call  260-427-6008   or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Salomon Farm Garden Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, March 14, 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 completely by a 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, gardening and enjoying a variety of locally grown produce. The gardeners meet every Monday and Thursday morning from April-October. You do not have to commit to the whole season or all of the days to participate! If you are interested in volunteering in Salomon Park’s gardens, please attend our volunteer orientation to learn more about what goes on in the gardens. You will meet some current volunteers, get a tour of the gardens and learn where we need help. Please call Karla Yauchler at 427-6008 by March 9 if you plan to attend the orientation.
 
Salomon Farm Animal Care Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, April 11, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Salomon Farm Park Learning Center 817 W. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne

Salomon Farm Park is home to a variety of livestock animals from May through October. Much of the care of these animals is provided by a dedicated group of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the care of our farm animals, please sign up to attend our volunteer orientation. Please note that this opportunity is dependent on the availability of openings and approval of your volunteer application. Please call Karla Yauchler at 427-6008 by March 27 if you are interested in attending the orientation or have questions. 

MD and ME: Walk ‘N Learn  
2nd  Tuesday, 5:45 p.m., beginning May 12
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

MD and ME: Walk ‘N Learn will launch its third season on Tuesday, May 12. These free, informational sessions, held the second  Tuesday of every month, begin with blood pressure screenings at 5:45 p.m. and physician talks at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Mark O’Shaughnessy will kick-off 2015 programming with “Picking up the Pace” and will challenge all to incorporate  walking into their lifestyle. Following a brief talk, he’ll lead the group walk on the Salomon Farm Park Trail. During the walk, you can talk with the doctor and ask questions. There will be door prizes and refreshments, too! Sessions are held in the Old Barn, but are moved indoors to the adjacent Parkview YMCA in case of inclement weather. To register, call 1-855-637-0010 or sign up at 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.

Tai Chi on the Farm 
Tai Chi is a Chinese exercise system that uses slow,  smooth  body  movements  to  achieve  a state of relaxation of both body and mind. Tai Chi can also help strengthen the cardiovascular and immune systems. Developed originally in China as a self-defense strategy, or martial art, tai chi—the “supreme ultimate fist”—is practiced in modern times primarily as a gentle exercise technique. Described as “meditation in motion,” tai chi consists of a standing person performing a series of postures or bodily movements in a slow and graceful manner, with each movement flowing without pause to the next. Sun Tai Chi has an upright stance, great for beginners who wish to focus on improving their balance and body awareness. Instructor Alan Clayton is a certified Tai Chi instructor, associated with Dr. Paul Lam, a world renowned Tai Chi for Health Master. Alan has studied various forms and styles of Tai Chi for 18 years. Ages  18+.  Registration  deadline:  March  16.
Min. 8. Max. 12.

Code               Dates       Day      Time
253816-M1     3/23-5/11 M      6-7 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 8/$60
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd. 

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Field Trips on the Farm

May 1-May 30 and August 3-September 30
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. If you have a specific area of interest on the farm it can also be worked into the tour. All ages are welcome! Field trip scheduling is subject to availability and reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Karla Yauchler at 427- 6008 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for questions and scheduling. Field trip fee: $3/ child/hour. Teachers and adult chaperones are free-of-charge. A minimum fee of $30/hour applies to all groups.

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Wild Walkers Welcome 2015

 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.

A copy of the 2015 Schedule for Wild Walkers is now available on-line.

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.

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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