Winter Walks at the Farm
Friday, December 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m
Sunday, January 28, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 25, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.
Field Trips on the Farm
May 1-31 and August 11-September 15
Salomon Farm Park,
817 W. Dupont Rd.
Wild Walkers pose for a group picture at Pokagon State Park. Photo credit: Steve Hague
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 walk schedule is now available: 2017 Wild Walker Schedule
Wild Walkers Kick-Off Carry-In
Friday, January 12, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Metea Park, 8401 Union Chapel Rd.
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 at Metea Park for this kick-off carry-in style breakfast and first walk of the New Year. We will have the 2018 hiking schedules available. Please call Eden at 427-6008 or e-mail eden.lamb@cityof fortwayne.org by Tuesday, January 2 if you plan to attend.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Photos courtesy of Fred Van Fossen
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.