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Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration!
Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. &  Saturday May 13, 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.  

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Join us at Salomon Farm for a two-day celebration of fiber arts. With a focus on education, we will have hands-on participation and demonstrations in all of the processes of making natural fiber products – wool dyeing, spinning, weaving 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 sheep and alpaca! 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 Kellie at 260-427-6005 for more information.  Due to the nature of this event, pets are not allowed. 

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, how to use them, and will get hands on experience creating a project. 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. This program is FREE to attend, but registration is still required. Registration deadline: May 12. Min. 2. Max. 6.

Code          Date                           Day                    Time
253600-S1 5/27, 6/17, 7/15         Sa      10:30-12:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/FREE
Location: Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont

Mommy and Me Craft-a-Cuff
*Adult/Child

Bring your mom to this unique jewelry making  workshop and make one-of-a-kind leather cuffs for each other! Instructor Kathy Boles, owner of KBDesigns will assist mother/child pairs in handcrafting your very own leather cuff bracelets, adding embellishments that celebrate your family’s love!  Kathy’s Craft-a-Cuff series features genuine leather and inspirational quotes. All materials and supplies will be provided. Ages 7+. Registration deadline: May 15. Min. 8. Max. 12

Code          Date     Day      Time
253818-S1 5/20     Sa      2-4 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$55 per pair
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.


Salomon Farm Volunteer Orientation
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Salomon Farm Park relies on volunteers to care for the animals (May-October) and to plant and tend the vegetable gardens and orchard (April-October). Volunteers need to be 18 years of age. (We also accept a limited number of youth volunteers, but they must be accompanied at all times by a guardian.)  If you are interested in volunteering with the animals or in the garden, please plan to attend the appropriate volunteer orientation.  Some experience with animals is preferred of our animal care volunteers, however, training will be provided. Garden volunteers meet every Monday and Thursday morning from April-October and share in the garden produce.  You do not have to commit to the entire season or to every scheduled work day and no previous gardening experience is required.  Both orientations will be held at in the Learning Center, the first building upon entering the park.

Animal Care Volunteer Orientation
Sunday, April 23, 2:30- 4:00 p.m.
Call Eden at 260-427-6008 by April 14 to sign up.

 

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


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Field Trips on the Farm
May 1-31 and August 1-31 
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 Eden at 260-427-6008 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . There is a charge of $3/hour/child. Teachers, care givers and adult chaperones are free.  A minimum fee of $30/hour applies to all groups.

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Wild Walkers

2nd and 4th Fridays of each month

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. 

The 2017 schedule is now available: 2017 Wild Walker Schedule

Check out the January Delt Church Wild Walker hike summary!

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. 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 Farmers’ Market
Call for Vendors & Entertainers!
Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
June 7-September 6

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 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, entertainment, and children’s activities.  Anyone interested in vending must complete a vendor application. Contact Eden at 260-427-6008 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.



 

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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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Photos from a large Field Trip Day with FFA volunteers!

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Photos courtesy of Fred Van Fossen


Testimonials

Salomon Farm Park is an amazing place. Our trip was very educational and we learned a lot.  We had a wonderful time!  They loved the animals.  P. Hunter

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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