Special Events

 

Salomon Concert

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Summer Classes

Goat Meet & Greets

Brush, pet, play and take pictures with these adorable animals! You have 36 opportunities this summer for a private meet and greet with our friendly goats. Each Meet & Greet session is 30 minutes of exclusive interaction with our goats for up to 4 people. It makes a wonderful family outing. Park in the lot near the big windmill. Closed toe shoes are a must. Registration deadlines are 3 working days prior to each Meet & Greet session, but they tend to fill quickly, so don’t wait. Register online at fortwayneparks.org.

Dates: July 13, 21; August 3, 18

Times: 9:00, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 12:45

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$45

Location: Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd. Park in lot near the windmill.

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Hostas: You Can’t Have Just One

“I need that one, and that one, and, oh, I must have that one!” Beware . . . once you’ve seen a few varieties you can easily be infected with the Hosta-Gotta-Haves. Advanced Master Gardener Simone Alberding, one of the area’s premier hosta experts, will share garden design and care tips, as well as the fascinating history of hostas. But, fair warning, her affinity for hostas is contagious. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: August 13. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                     Date      Day             Time

353831-T1            8/20       T              6-7 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$22

Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

 

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Growing Nutritional Greens Indoors

Did you know you can grow nutritious greens indoors in as little as 7-10 days? Our Master Gardener from “C’s Greens” will share tips on how to grow microgreens and sprout seeds for eating and wheat grass for juicing. You’ll be enjoying homegrown greens year-round. An introductory starter kit is included. Ages 14+. Registration deadline: August 8. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                    Date      Day                 Time

353832-R1           8/15       Th           6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$45

Location: Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.


Blacksmith Skills Workshop

Learn new techniques and practice your forging skills while working on simple projects. Participants must wear leather closed-toe shoes, full-length pants, natural fiber clothing (cotton, wool, etc.) and hair must be tied back. Gloves and protective eye wear will be provided. Ages 15+. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian present during class session. Registration deadline: July 20. Min. 3. Max 5.

Code                     Dates                    Day         Time

353819-S1            7/27 & 8/24           Sa       9-11 am

# Sessions/Fee: 2/$20

Location: Blacksmith Shop, Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.


Blacksmithing for Women

Learning decorative techniques to create functional items. Participants must wear leather closed-toe shoes, full-length pants, natural fiber clothing (cotton, wool, etc.) and hair must be tied back. Gloves and protective eye wear will be provided. Ages 15+. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian present during each class session. Class meets at the Blacksmith Shop on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Registration deadline: June 29. Min. 3. Max. 6.

Code                     Dates                   Day                     Time

353843-S1            7/6-9/21               Sa           10 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 6/$30

Location: Salomon Farm Park, Blacksmith Shop, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

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Yoga in the Big Red Barn  

The historic barn at Salomon Farm Park, surrounded by quiet, calming open space and bathed in natural light, provides an ideal atmosphere for yoga practice. The rustic setting adds a unique and grounding element that allows for a deeper connection to nature and oneself. Four yoga sessions are offered throughout the summer. Bring your mat and give it a try. Parking for the barn is near the large windmill. Ages 18+ Instructor: Laura Kahn. Registration deadline are 7 days prior to each session. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                    Date                     Day            Time

353809-R2           6/27                      Th           6-7 pm

353809-R3           7/11                      Th           6-7 pm

353809-R4           7/18                      Th           6-7 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$15

Location: Salomon Farm Park Old Barn, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

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Animal Playdates

*Adult/Child

Salomon Farm Park is home to chickens, goats, pigs, and mini horse that love playdates with children! In these hands-on, interactive sessions boys and girls ages 3-6 learn all about the animals at Salomon Farm Park and enjoy a fun animal related craft. Ages 3-6. Registration deadlines: August 20 and August 22. Min. 6. Max. 12

Code                    Date      Day                        Time

353930-T1           8/27       T              9:30-10:30 am

353930-R1           8/29       Th           9:30-10:30 am

# Sessions/fee: 1/$10

Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

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Kids Painting on the Farm

Bring out your inner artist! We’re in a painting frenzy at Salomon Farm Park this summer. Our instructor Angela Esselburn will share her passion for art as she guides you step-by-step from blank canvas to finished painting. Subjects include a Squishmallow (paint our model or bring your own) and a whimsical fairy forest. Both classes provide a unique opportunity to express yourself through art and bond with your peers in an engaging setting. All necessary supplies will be provided. Ages 6-12. Registration deadlines: August 5 and August 12. Min. 10. Max. 20.

Code                   Date      Day                Time

Squishmallow

353940-M1          8/12       M            6-7:30 pm

Fairy Forest

353940-M2          8/19       M            6-7:30 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$20

Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.


Salomon Farm Volunteer Opportunities

Salomon Farm Park relies on volunteers to help maintain the park and provide various amenities and services to our community. If you are interested in becoming a garden volunteer or getting involved in farm park operations indirectly through the Tractor Club, Flax and Fleece Guild or Gardeners of America, please plan to attend any of the clubs’ meetings. All meetings are held at the Salomon Farm Park in the Wolf Family Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd. Please direct any questions regarding volunteering or possible service projects for your group to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Larry at 427-6005.


Seeking 2024 Fall Harvest Festival Vendors

We are now accepting applications for the 2024 Fall Harvest Festival. Vendors must produce their goods within a 75-mile radius of Salomon Farm Park and are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. We strive to find vendors who embrace sustainable and organic growing practices. A vendor may also include baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade crafts, food, demonstrations, entertainment and/or children’s activities. The Fall Harvest Festival is Saturday September 28, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. If you are interested in receiving a Fall Harvest Festival application, please call 260-427-6790 ext. 2 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Photo credit: Rylan Capper


Meet Our Salomon Farm Chefs

Jessica Waggoner

Jessica is a lifelong Fort Wayne native with degrees in both pastry arts and psychology. After spending the last 10 years in the corporate world, she stepped away to focus solely on baking. Owner of The Hazelnut Baking Co., a cottage bakery named after her young daughter, Hazel. She loves how food connects cultures, communities, and the joy good quality baked goods brings to people.

Meghan Hauser

Meghan is the founder of Wholesome Roots Cooking. She spends a lot of time cooking and enjoys teaching her 6 children that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean boring and gross food! Her mission is to inspire families to plant wholesome roots for a healthy lifestyle.

Suzi Hanzel

Suzi is a retired teacher who has taught many cultural food classes. She travels often, has taken classes from cooking experts around the world, and loves to share her knowledge of their culture. She recently co-edited the “Taste of Sister Cities” cookbook that highlights international recipes from Fort Wayne’s Sister Cities. Suzi has learned to create many delicious dishes from the more than 30 countries she’s visited over the years.


Seeking Vendors for 2024 Salomon Farmers’ Market

We are now accepting applicants for the 2024 Salomon Farmers’ Market season. Vendors must produce their goods within a 75-mile radius of Salomon Farm Park and are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. We strive to find vendors who embrace sustainable and organic growing practices. The market also may include baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade crafts, food, entertainment and children’s activities. The Farmers’ Market operates every Wednesday, 4:00-7:00 p.m. from June 5-September 4. If you are interested in receiving a vendor application, please call 260-427-6790 ext.2 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Art of Baking

Anyone can bake, but what makes a great baker? Instructor Jessica Waggoner of The Hazelnut Baking Co. will share the secrets successful baking in these five classes. Registration deadlines are 7 days prior to each class.

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Field Trips on the Farm

Salomon Farm tours make a great field trip for any group. Offered in 1-2 hour increments on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from March 19-May 24, tours feature visits with goats, pigs and chickens, a stop in the garden, and talk about life on the farm. Wagon rides are also available upon request for farm tours of 1½ hours or more. All ages welcome! The cost is $4/participant/hour. Teachers, caregivers and adult chaperones are free. A minimum fee of $30/hour applies to all groups. Field trip scheduling is subject to availability and reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please contact DeAnna Harris at Salomon Farm Park at 427-6790 ext. 2 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions and scheduling.

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Salomon Farm Brochure

This brochure goes over everything Salomon Farm Park has to offer, be sure to check it out before visiting!

Salomon Farm Volunteer Organizations

Salomon Farm Park relies on volunteers to help maintain the park and provide various amenities and services to our community. If you are interested in becoming a garden volunteer or getting involved in farm park operations indirectly through the Tractor Club, Flax and Fleece Guild, or Gardeners of America, please plan to attend any of the clubs’ meetings. All meetings are held at the Salomon Farm Park in the Wolf Family Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd. Please direct any questions regarding volunteering or possible service project for your group to Larry at 427-6005 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Dirt Wain Community Composting

Salomon Farm Park has partnered with Dirt Wain, a new composting initiative in the area that processes food scraps from households. Members are provided with a bucket that they fill, drop off at the Farm at their convenience, and then pick up a clean bucket to repeat the process. For more detailed information or to sign up check out www.dirtwain.com or Salomon Farm Park on Facebook.



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Pictured from left to right: Dave Fike, Carl Fike, and Roy Fike


Salomon Farm Volunteer Opportunities

Salomon Farm Park relies on volunteers to help maintain the park and provide various amenities and services to our community. If you are interested in becoming a garden volunteer or getting involved in farm park operations indirectly through the Tractor Club, Flax and Fleece Guild or Gardeners of America, please plan to attend any of the clubs’ meetings. All meetings are held at Salomon Farm Park. Please direct any questions regarding volunteering or possible service projects for your group to Larry at 427-6005 or email
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Field Trips on the Farm

August 8-Mid October

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

Salomon Farm offers field trip tours from August 8 through mid-October in 1- or 2-hour increments. Farm tours feature goats, pigs and chickens with general animal bios, visits to the garden and discussions of general farm life. A wagon ride is available upon request for farm tours of 1½ hours or more. All ages welcome! Field trip fees are $4/participant/hour. Teachers, caregivers, and adult chaperones are free. A minimum fee of $30/hour applies to all groups. We can accommodate up to 30 students per tour and 1:10 chaperone to student ratio is recommended. Field trip scheduling is subject to availability and reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Salomon Farm Park at 427-6790 ext.2 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions and scheduling. 

 

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2024 Salomon Farmers’ Market Seeks Vendors!

We are now accepting applicants for the 2024 Salomon Farmers’ Market season. Vendors must produce their goods within a 75-mile radius of Salomon Farm Park and are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. We strive to find vendors who embrace sustainable and organic growing practices. The market also may include baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade crafts, food, entertainment and children’s activities. The Farmers’ Market operates every Wednesday, 4:00-7:00 p.m. from June 5-September 4. If you are interested in receiving a vendor application, please call 260-427-6790 ext.1 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have questions about Salomon Farm, feel free to e-mail us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  

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Testimonials


Cooking Classes

Chef Patrick is a wonderful instructor because he listens, is knowledgeable, and goes above and beyond to prepare for his classes. -Lana Scherer

Chef Whetstone was helpful, approachable, gave great tips, and answered questions. The food was delicious! -Ashley Kas

Wonderful class with an amazing chef! I will be trying Chef Whetstone‘s recipes at home! -Betty Lars

Instructor Suzi was very pleasant, sweet voice, and did an awesome job! Thank you! -Heather Lyres

Excellent, Thank you! -Kayden Janit

Chef Patrick was fun to watch cook and engaged the whole class.   Will look for more classes.  Lisa

Love the classes!  Always a repeat! Guat

A great, laid back introduction for homemade pasta.  Beginners and more experienced cooks will enjoy and learn techniques. Sandra

Use food to learn about culture and broaden your horizons in the world we share-Jeanette

Chef Whetstone is always organized, fun, professional and knowledgeable.  Most of all the recipes are delicious and interesting.  Lana 

Patrick is very informative and makes the class very fun and interactive. Tina

Awesome class.  Learned a few tricks that were really cool and time savers.  The three dishes were delicious, easy to make and definitely something I can do at home.  Pat

Great class and instructor!  Carrie

The combination of the cooking knowledge gained plus the cultural and personal history made this very enjoyable. Anita 

Delicious food, great comradery, and excellent instructor. We had a blast. Shay 

Chef Patrick offers help and suggestions and makes you comfortable. Realistic ideas that you can use at home. Highly recommend!

-Laura

 We enjoyed taking the class and learned new and valuable tips for making pizza at home. Plus, the pizza was delicious! Deanne

We loved this easy-to-follow and fun, delicious pizza! We would take another class!. Lindsay

This cooking class was so much fun! I learned a lot and the food was delicious! Thank you, Fort Wayne Parks, for offering this opportuinty. I'll be back! Megan

Patrick is an amazing instructor. I’ve attended four of his cooking classes always learn something new. The classes are fun and the food in delicious. -Pat Caney

Our instructors were a joy to learn from. We all laughed the whole time and the lesson was organized and very enjoyable. -Renee Earley

 

Little Roots

The tea parry was phenomenol!  The class was very well prepared and presented.  A "true tea party" was represented with a little history, a cute reco[e card amd elegamt cups, plates, etc. The verbal directions were easy to follow and very child friendly.  No wonder there was a waiting list for this.  Jeui

Great class- as always! Just enough parental instructions to keep us informed as to what to do and how to assist without overpowering our children so they can learn through the experience. I love that I can be catered to different ability levels and that there is a large variety of foods to eat. Terri

 

Urban Birding

I enjoyed the enthusiasm of the presenters. Each of them appeared to be interested in providing the best information that was available on the subjects on hand. Michael

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Salomon Trail

 

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 Farm Volunteer Opportunities

Salomon Farm Park relies on volunteers to help maintain the park and provide various amenities and services to our community. Anyone interested in becoming a garden volunteer or getting involved in farm park operations indirectly through the Tractor Club, Flax & Fleece Guild or Gardeners of America, may attend any of the clubs’ meetings. All meetings are held at Salomon Farm Park in the Wolf Family Learning Center. Please direct questions regarding volunteering or service project for your group to Larry Hicks at 427-6005 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Tri-State Antique Tractor Club

3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m.

The Tri-State Antique Tractor Club tends the crop fields and is a key piece of our annual Fall Harvest Festival. The club is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of old farm machinery. Join the club and meet other tractor enthusiasts, assist in tending the crop fields, and get the chance to learn and work on a myriad of antique farm equipment pieces. For more information, contact Eden at (260-427-6790).


Gardeners of America Club

2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m.

The mission of the Gardeners of America is to promote gardening education and related environmental issues to its membership and the gardening public through charitable, educational and scientific means. Join the club! For more information, contact Eden at (260-427-6790).


Flax and Fleecers Guild

2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm

The Flax and Fleecers Guild is a group dedicated to the fiber arts: spinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting and more! In addition to the monthly meetings, the guild participates in many activities throughout the year, including spin-ins, Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration, the Johnny Appleseed Festival, spinning at the Old Fort, and many more. The club meets at Salomon Farm Park in the Learning Center on the second Tuesday of each month. The group gathers at 6:30 pm for business followed by a program or show and tell. Guild meetings in July and December will be held off site.  For more information, contact Eden at (260-427-6790).    

 

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Wild Walkers 2024


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. Please call Eden at 427-6008 or e-mail eden.lamb@cityof fortwayne.org if you have questions. 

2024 Wild Walker Schedule


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Blacksmithing

Thanks to Salomon Farm Blacksmiths for all of their volunteer hours in teaching classes and demonstrating at events. Folks interested in joining the blacksmith club are required to complete the beginner’s workshop. Keep checking this page or our Facebook page for workshop dates. The blacksmith club is for individuals 18 years or older. The club meets one Saturday morning a month.


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We Rent for Your Event!

The peaceful setting of Salomon Farm Park makes our elegant rental spaces perfect for weddings, receptions, reunions, concerts, dances, and many other special events. 

Please contact our rental coordinator at 260-427-6790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your space.


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Thanks to Carroll High School's Future Farmer's of America for their continued support of Salomon Farm Park!


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