Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose

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Emma Prusch Farm Park is a 43.5 acre (176,000 m²) park in East San Jose, California. Donated by Emma Prusch to the City of San Jose in 1962 to use to demonstrate the valley's agricultural past, it includes a 4-H barn (the largest in San Jose), community gardens, a rare-fruit orchard, demonstration gardens, picnic areas, and expanses of lawn. The park is host to an annual Harvest Festival and is operated cooperatively by the San Jose Parks and Recreation Department and the non-profit Emma Prusch Farm Park Foundation.HistoryThe land for this 42acre farm park was donated by Emma Prusch to the City of San Jose in 1962 to keep for agricultural purposes, and provides an introduction to farm life. The park is operated as a small farm by the City of San Jose, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services. Barn space is provided to city kids in the 4-H and Future Farmers of America so they can experience farming practices in an urban environment. The farm also has a rare fruit orchard, a deciduous fruit orchard and two community gardens, and a 6acre urban farming project called Veggielution. In the spring, the park offers guided tours for K–3 school groups. These tours provide a sensory education emphasis while students learn about gardens, fruit orchard, poultry and livestock.
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  • July 5, 2017
    LOVE the roaming chickens and the little feeder machine. I thought this was a great interactive pastime and so fun for only 25-cents a handful of seeds. The only slight disappointment (and only becaus...  more »
  • May 26, 2017
    What a wonderful little gem, and a great day out for the kids (and adult kids too). Working farm within a city park, with all kinds of educational opportunities, and frequent park activities. Lovely d...  more »
  • January 9, 2017
    This is a great park next to a little farm. There are chickens roaming around which is different and fun. Big and little park, good for kids of all ages. Swings and baby swings, slides, and climbing s...  more »
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  • June 11, 2017
    This place is definitely a must! There's so many chickens out and about everywhere! There's lots of farm animals at the barn and lots of fruity trees. People are friendly and there's a lot of activities to do here, including photo ops, playgrounds, petting, and more. Recommended for memorable family picnics.
  • June 19, 2017
    Free petting zoo and nice playground! Chickens running free in park, but also goats, pigs, cows, and horses. Can't pet all of them, but you can get close enough. Our 22 month old loved it.
  • April 2, 2017
    This place is pretty magical, there is a great veggie stand on Saturdays and the community garden is beautiful. The petting zoo is great until you go into the cow and pig area. Such darling animals, they all have signs over their heads stating that they will be eaten soon. Depressing to say the least. I suggest if you are vegan, as my daughter and I am, steer clear.
  • June 21, 2017
    One of the best parks in San Jose. I enjoy the calm relaxing area with the animal interactions. The barn and land scenery along with the rose/fruit garden really brings it all together and makes it a great park.
  • April 4, 2017
    Beautiful! Family oriented. They have a petting zoo, pony rides, play area with slides, swings and much more for kids. They also have basketball courts and baseball fields. There is also plenty of open, grassy areas. The picnic/bbq areas are great and shaded. All of this and plenty of parking. And, it's all free! It does cost to reserve a space. I don't know how much that is.

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