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Selling Your Homemade Edibles

Understanding the Rules

Saturday, February 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Your homegrown tomatoes and fresh apple pie might be the talk of the town, but they must meet food safety guidelines set out by the local health department before they can be sold at a farmers market or roadside stand. Representatives from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health will be at Salomon Farm on February 15 to explain the Farmers Market Permit and the sometimes confusing guidelines for selling homemade items as a home-based vendor. Salomon Farm staff will also provide information regarding the Farmers Market at Salomon Farm. There is no fee to attend this meeting, however, for planning purposes, please contact Renee Sinacola at 427-6005 or renee.sinacola@cityoffortwayne.org by February 10 if you plan to attend.

 
Salomon Farm Park Volunteer Orientations

Salomon Farm Park Learning Center 817 W. Dupont Rd.

 

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. 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.

Salomon Farm Park
817 W. Dupont Rd.
Hours: Daily, 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm is the perfect location for walk- ing, biking, bird watching and much  more. Stop by for a visit and walk/bike along our fully paved 1.7 mile trail. Watch the Fun Times for programs and events. Call 260-427-6008 for more information. Also, join the Maumee Val- ley Blacksmiths at 9:00 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.

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 Appli- cation, 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.

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.

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!

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.

Lindenwood Nature Preserve
600 Lindenwood Ave.
Open for the 2014 Season on May 1 Thursday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday, 12:00- 6:00 p.m.
Lindenwood Nature Preserve is a 110-acre wooded park featuring 4 hiking trails of vary- ing length (one is wheelchair and stroller accessible), a pond and an open-air pavilion. Hiking, wildlife viewing, photography, picnick- ing and just relaxing are a few of the activities you’ll enjoy at the preserve. In addition to the Department-sponsored programs listed here, the Lindenwood staff also provides programs for scout groups, church and school groups, home school, clubs, and private parties (see below or visit  www.fortwayneparks.org  for more information).

Lindenwood Field Trips
May 1-October 31
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday, 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Lindenwood Nature Preserve offers the  field trip opportunities for school, scout  and  day care groups. Choose from Nature Hike (1 hour), Pond Study (1-2 hours), Campfire (1 hour) or Campfire & Nature Hike. Focus on a specific topic of interest such as a scout badge requirement or opt for a general nature lesson. Each program includes a naturalist guide, fire- wood and campfire and hotdog roasting sticks. The cost is $2/child/hour with a minimum fee of $20 (minimum $40 for a 2-hour program). Teachers and adult chaperones are free-of- charge. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling Renee at 427-6005. (Note: We CAN schedule trips when the park is not open to the public.)

Nature Programs at Other Fort Wayne Parks!
Our Naturalists will meet you and your group for field trip and outings at other area parks too! Want to explore Franke Park or Buckner Park? Let us know which park you would like to explore and we’ll see what we can do!

You’re a “Natural” Volunteer
Saturday, May 3, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.

Our outdoor recreation staff uses volunteers to supervise campfires, lead nature hikes and interpretive tours and to assist with programs, classes and special events. You don’t have to be an expert. If you are interested in volunteer- ing in our outdoor programs, please attend this organizational meeting. Training  sessions  will be provided throughout the year as necessary. Please let us know of your plans to attend by calling Renee Sinacola at 427-6005 by April 24.

Cache In Trash Out
Sunday, April 27, 2-6 pm
Lindenwood Nature Preserve 600 Lindenwood Ave.


Cache In Trash Out is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocach- ing community. Since 2002, geocachers around the world have been dedicated to improving parks and other cache-friendly places. Through these volunteer efforts, we help preserve the natural beauty of our outdoor resources! Help us to celebrate Earth Day, get Lindenwood ready for its opening date (May 1) and participate in a cache, too! We will start with some manual labor (picking up litter, raking trails, pruning trees/bushes, leaf blowing, etc.) followed by a little instruction and a cache hunt. After you find your cache, we’ll build a fire if you want to bring hotdogs to roast. Please bring gloves and any tools you want to use (rake, pruner, leaf blower). Geocaching can be done with any handheld GPS or any GPS enabled smartphone with a geocaching app. All ages are welcome. Call Renee at 427-6005 by April 24 if you plan to participate.

Hurshtown Reservoir
16000 Roth Road, Grabill, IN
Opens for the season April 15
Tuesday-Sunday, 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Hurshtown Reservoir may be the best fishing spot in Allen County. It also features a 2.75 mile   walking   path,   areas   for   picnics   and
outdoor volleyball  and  row boat  rentals.  For more information and fees call 427-6005 or Hurshtown, during the season, at 627-3390.

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 Walk- ers 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, wet- lands, nature preserve, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary. The 2014 schedule is posted on our website at www.fortwayneparks. org or you may call 260-427-6005 to request a schedule by mail.

Trek the Trails
Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.
Fort Wayne has one of the finest trail systems in the Midwest with more than 70 miles of trail winding through the city. Join local trail users for weekly bike rides this spring along the Riv- ergreenway, the Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the Aboite Trails, the Pufferbelly Rail- to-Trail and the Salomon Farm Trail to expe- rience Fort Wayne in a whole new way. You’ll love reconnecting with nature along the linear parkways of the Rivergreenway or learning the history of the Wabash & Erie Canal along the Towpath Trail or enjoying the many miles of new trails in southwest and northwest Fort Wayne. Load up your family and your bikes and join the fun! Participants are asked to wear helmets and bring water along for the ride. All participants ride at their own risk. All rides begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday rides will continue through the summer. For more information, call the Greenway office at 427-6228.

Date         Departs From                   Length

5/6           Salomon Farm Park          8 miles
Meet at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd., by the trailhead kiosk in the parking lot. Additional parking is available behind the his- toric barn.

5/13         Rockhill Park Trailhead    9 miles Meet at the trailhead in Rockhill Park near 1400 Catalpa St., just east of the intersection of W.
Jefferson Blvd. and Freeman St.

5/20         Deer Ridge Elementary   7 miles Meet in the parking lot for Deer Ridge Elemen- tary School at 1515 S. Scott Rd.

5/27         Moser Park Trailhead     8 miles Meet in the trailhead parking lot near the base- ball diamonds at 601 W. Main St. in New Haven.

6th Annual Games! Dogs! Play!
Saturday, May 10, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd.

Don’t let your dog miss this fun event, dog- gone-it! It will be the most fun you and your canine companion have all  year,  paws  down! It’s a dog’s day with vendors, adoptable dogs, rescue groups and the opportunity to partici- pate in fun and goofy canine challenges. Food will be available for purchase during the event, too! Registration is required to participate in the games (see information below) but the event is open to the public and free of charge. Call Renee Sinacola at 427-6005 for more information. G!D!P! is co-sponsored by My Best Friend Dog Training.

Games! Dogs! Play! Doggie Games
Join us at Franke Park for fun and laugh-inspir- ing challenges for you and your dog. See what your dog can do, he may surprise you! Games are come-as-you-are (no special training is required) and include basic commands like sit, stay, etc. All participants will receive a special gift, while supplies last. Games start at 9:00 and will take about 30 minutes to complete; on-site registration will stop at 11:00 a.m. Pre- register more than one dog and get 50% off the second registration fee. You must register by phone (427-6011) or in person at 705 E. State Blvd. to receive the discount. Registration deadline: May 7. Min. 8. Max. 40. G!D!P! is co-sponsored by My Best Friend Dog Training.

Code            Date              Day              Time
248305-S1   5/10              Sa            9-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$10/$12 on-site Location: Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd.


Wild Edibles at Nature’s Cafe
Come out and enjoy nature’s buffet at Franke Park. Naturalist Rachel Rossiter Smith will be
leading a hike through the woods in search of wild edibles and then we will retire to the pavil- ion to prepare some tea from our wild gather- ings. Rachel has been a naturalist for over 10 years and is experienced in wild edibles, medici- nals and more. Ages 12+ (accompanied by an adult). Registration deadline: May 19. Min. 8. Max. 25.
Code            Date              Day              Time
248307-S1    5/24              Sa       1:30-4 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$20
Location: Franke Park Pond Pavilion, 6411 Sherman Blvd.

Natural Dyes, Natural Fiber 
Gather your own natural ingredients for dying fabric and other fibers. We will go for a short
hike to gather some natural dye material and go
back to the pavilion to dye some hemp fiber and other materials. You can keep the hemp you dye and use it for another class (see Hemp Jewelry Basics, below) where you can learn basic mac- ramé techniques for bracelet making. Instruc- tor Rachel Rossiter Smith has been a naturalist for over 10 years and is experienced in wild edibles, medicinals and more. All supplies will be provided. Ages 12+ (accompanied by an adult). Registration deadline: May 19. Min. 8. Max. 20.
Code              Date      Day  Time
248306-S1     5/24      Sa    10 am-12:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$20
Location: Franke Park Pond Pavilion, 6411 Sherman Blvd.

Natural Fiber: Hemp Jewelry Basics
Hemp has been used for a very long time for its wonderful fiber. If you attended the Natu- ral Dyes, Natural Fibers class (see above), bring your dyed hemp with you! We will be learn- ing some basic macramé techniques to make bracelets or necklaces. No experience required! Instructor Rachel Rossiter Smith has been a nat- uralist for over 10 years and is experienced in wild edibles, medicinals and more. All supplies will be provided. Ages 6+ (accompanied by an adult). Registration deadline: May 26. Min. 8. Max. 30.

Code           Date      Day  Time
248101-S1 5/31       Sa    1-2:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$20
Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.

Soap Making
Learn how to create a soap recipe, the differ- ences between the lye for bar soap and the lye used to make liquid soap and the differences in oil for soaps with specific purposes. Find out why instructor Kay Davidson will never buy soap again. Kay has been making soap since 2004. She learned by trial and error and cur- rently makes and sells her soaps at local farm- ers’ markets and craft shows. Her  soap  has been sent all  over the  world because people love it so much! Every student will leave with a one-pound bar of soap! An old shirt or apron is suggested as soapmaking can get messy. A sup- ply list will be provided. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: April 20. Min. 8. Max. 10.
Code            Date              Day              Time
248308-S1   4/26              Sa       2-4:30 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$40
Location: Franke Park Nature Lodge, 6411 Sherman Blvd.

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.

On-Going

2014 Wild Walker Schedule 

Wild Walkers Welcome 2014

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.

 

 

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