Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., has given $5,000 to the Salomon Farm barn restoration project through the Fort Wayne Community Foundation.
Donated to the Fort Wayne Parks Department by area farmer Chris Salomon in 1995, the 175-acre Salomon Farm is one of the last farms left within the boundaries of the city of Fort Wayne. Pioneer’s contribution will be used to help restore the Salomon Farm’s 19th century barn, which is in need of a foundation and a new roof. Upon completion, the facility will be available for special events, such as dances and other activities. Plans call for the restoration to be completed by August.

In addition to the barn, the Salomon Farm features a Farmer’s Market, festivals and a children’s day camp. Farmers can sell produce, such as vegetables and honey, at the year-round Farmer’s Market. The two annual festivals at the farm continue to grow each year and consist of workshops and demonstrations. At the Salomon Farm day camp, youth can experience agriculture through growing vegetables and learning about farm animals.

“The Salomon Farms project is a tribute to agriculture’s past and present,” says David Henderson, Pioneer area sales manager, Alexandria, Indiana. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to help with this project.”

Fort Wayne Community Foundation has served the people of Allen County for almost 50 years. The Foundation accepts gifts, both large and small, from donors, invests the assets, and awards grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students, currently totaling over $7 million a year.

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont, is the world’s leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics, crop protection solutions and quality crop systems to customers in nearly 70 countries.

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