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Upcoming Programs & Events

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Salomon Farm Park Learning Center 817 W. Dupont Rd.


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depends on volunteers to manage the large vegetable garden, to feed and care for the animals and to assist with the vari- ous special events held at the park. Volunteer orientations have been scheduled for those interested in either gardening or animals and events. If you are interested in volunteering in either capacity, please plan to attend the related orientation where you will meet our current active volunteers, get a tour of the gardens and grounds and learn about the work volunteers do here. Please call Renee Sinacola at 427-6005 one week in advance if you plan to attend one or both orientations.

 

Garden Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, March 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

 

Farm Park Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, March 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

 Fiber Arts Workshops
There’s a wide world of fiber arts out there for you to explore. We’ll introduce you to three of them: felting, crocheting and knitting. These mini hands-on workshops held during the Fiber Arts Celebration will give you just enough experience to decide if you would like to pursue the craft or to practice your skills. Visit the festival before or after your class to buy supplies, yarn and meet with long-time fiber enthusiasts! Supply lists will be provided upon registration (located at the bottom of your receipt). 

Fascinating Needle Felting
This fascinating art is hard to describe, but incredible to see. Check it out on the internet and join us if you want to learn needle felting for yourself. You will receive a needle felting kit, including special felting needles and foam, and some wool to take home. You will learn basic needle felting technique while creating a small sheep, chicken, or pin cushion. You will have the opportunity to experiment with many different kinds, colors, and textures of wool, including wool from rare breeds of sheep with superior felting characteristics. When you leave this class, you will have the tools and knowledge to pursue needle felting on your own.  Ages 18+. Instructors Alaina and Sabrina Richert have been spinning, felting, and weaving  for over a decade. Registration deadline: April 30. Min. 5. Max. 16.

Code             Date             Day         Time

253814-F1    5/16              F             9-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$40
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Beginning Knitting
Learn to cast on, bind off, knit and purl under the watchful eyes of instructors Brenda McBride and Bev Earnhart. Also learn about the differ- ent types of needles and yarns. Practice yarn and a set of circular needles will be supplied for you. Bring a sack lunch with you! Ages 16+. Registration deadline: May 1. Min. 6. Max. 15.

Code            Date       Day Time

253807-S1  5/17        Sa    11:30 am-2:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$50
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Fixing the Inevitable Knitting Mistake
Learn common knitting mistakes and how they can be repaired without too much grief. Long- time knitters Brenda McBride and Bev Earnhart admit they have plenty of experience in making mistakes as well as fixing them. Bring current projects and/or mistakes and a sack lunch with you! If you are not currently working on any- thing, bring some yarn and needles to practice troubleshooting. Ages 16+. Registration dead- line: May 1. Min. 6. Max. 15.

Code             Date      Day          Time
253807-F1    5/16       F              11:30 am-2:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$35
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Crocheting
Colleen Murray, president of the Georgetown Crochet Club, will show you how to make a chain and very basic crochet stitches. Ages 18+.  Registration  deadline:  May  11.  Min.  3.     Max. 6.

Code             Date             Day          Time
253812-F1    5/16              F              3-5 pm
253812-S1    5/17              Sa           3-5 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$25
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration!

Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17   

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Join us at Salomon Farm for a two-day cele- bration 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,  knit- ting and more! Vendors specializing in fiber arts will sell equipment and supplies such as spinning wheels, knitting needles, looms and shuttles, felting needles and forms, and much more. 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. Fiber Arts workshops will also be held during the fes- tival (see pages 14 and 16 for registration information). Food vendors will also be  on the grounds. The Fiber Arts Celebration is co-sponsored by the Flax and Fleecers Spin- ning Guild of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. Call Renee Sinacola at 427-6005 for more information or to inquire about being a demonstrator and/ or vendor at the event. Due to the nature of this event, pets are not allowed. Your freewill donation at the park entrance helps ensure the continuation of this festival and other Salomon Farm events.

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Spring Bazaar at the Farm
Wednesday, May 28, 4-7 pm
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Locally  grown  or  handmade,  the  products sold  at  Salomon  Farm’s  Spring  Bazaar  are guaranteed  to  please!  New  this  year,  our Spring Bazaar will bring you 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. “Like” Salomon Farm Park on Facebook for updates, special events, pictures and more! If you are interested in vending at the bazaar, contact Renee at (260) 427-6003 or renee. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Salomon Farmers’ Market
The Farmers’ Market will run every Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m., June 11-September 24. If you are interested in receiving a Vendor Application, please call (260)427-6005.
 
Felting Fun for Kids!
Kids will learn about wool and the basics of wet felting as they make a butterfly or flower to take home. Instructors Alaina and Sabrina Richert have been spinning, felting, and weaving  for over a decade, taking the wool all the way from shearing it off their own sheep, to washing, carding, dying, and creating the finished prod- uct. All supplies will be provided. Ages 3-12 (accompanied by an adult, please). Registration deadline: May 8. Min. 6. Max. 20.
Code             Date              Day              Time
253913-S1    5/17              Sa                10-10:30 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$20
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Hammer Heads
Saturday, May 31, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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-for- gotten 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 protec- tive eye wear will be provided. Membership in Hammer Heads is free, however you must call 427-6011 by May 28 to sign up. Code number: 253906-S1. For more information, call Karla at 427-6008.

Salomon Farm Easter Egg Hunt

It’s a real farm, but we’ll be hunting for candy- filled  eggs!  Children  will  be  assigned  a  hunt location around the farm based on their age.
Please dress for the outdoors and bring your own Easter basket. The hunts begin promptly at the times listed. Please arrive a few minutes early. Ages 4-9 only. Registration deadline: April 10. Min. 25. Max. 40.

Code             Date             Day             Time
253900-S1   4/19              Sa               11 am
253900-S2   4/19              Sa               1 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$8
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.’ll Do It!

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Salomon Farm Park Volunteer Orientations
Salomon Farm Park depends on volunteers to manage the large vegetable garden, to feed and care for the animals, and to assist with the vari- ous special events held at the park. We could also use persons with expertise in general main- tenance/small construction projects as well as beekeeping. Volunteer orientations  have been scheduled for those interested in either garden- ing or animals and events. If you are interested in volunteering in either capacity, please plan to attend the related orientation where you will meet our current active volunteers, get a tour of the gardens and grounds and learn about the work volunteers do here. Please call Renee Sinacola at 427-6005 one week in advance if you plan to attend one or both orientations. Children ages 12 and older may volunteer if accompanied by an adult volunteer.

Garden Volunteer Orientation Saturday, March 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Farm Park Volunteer Orientation Saturday, March 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Backyard Composting
Learn how to prepare a compost pile, the mate- rials that you can and cannot compost, dif- ferent methods of composting and the use of different compost receptacles. Presenter Steve Pawlowski, known at Salomon as the “compost king”, is a Master Gardener (in progress) and has been an active  urban  vegetable  gardener for the past 20 years. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: April 7. Min. 7. Max. 20.

Code              Date              Day           Time
253815-S1     4/12              Sa             1-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$10
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

 
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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 2014

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Share your knowledge of nature as you explore some of northeast Indianas 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 this first walk of the New Year. Please call Renee Sinacola at 427-6005 if you plan to attend.


 

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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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Salomon Farmers' Market

June 11-September 24

Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

The Farmers’ Market will run every Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m., June 11-September 24. If you are interested in receiving a Vendor Application, please call (260)427-6005.

Check out the following link www.localharvest.org where you can search for farms, farmers markets, restaurants and co-ops/grocery stores with local produce.


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Photos from a large Field Trip Day with FFA volunteers!


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.

My 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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