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Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose

Categories: Farms, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
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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  • This farms have farm animals, quite some farm plants, and some farm tools. It is suitable for young kids especially for Halloween pumpkins. Older kids may also enjoy unless they are not interested in ...  read more »
  • Free plentiful parking, lots of space for walking, picnicking, letting kids run around, lots of animal for them to gawk at, a playground for smaller kids. Went on a beautiful day. 
  • What a cute find! A small farm that had a lot of personality! Stroll through the animal farm and visit with the goats, bunnies, ducks, guinea hens, and chickens! There are horse rides, Barbecue setups...  read more »
  • If you have kids in San Jose, this park has kids for them to play with. The jungle gym is big and will keep them busy while you sit on a bench. There are farm animals to visit, urban gardens to grow your on vegetables, a farm house, barn and path to get some exercise on. There is an Aztec dance school and vegetable market too. Great park in the middle of a busy city. Take your kids and show them some farm animals. This is one of only two parks in San Jose that were actual farms. There isn't much open space left in the city center and this is a unique gem.
  • One of my favorite parks in sj. It's so unique and it also a fantastic place to play ingress or Pokémon go.
  • I come here to volunteer at Veggielution on Saturdays. Fun place to get your gardening fix.
  • A wonderful place to enjoy the vast lawns, superb playground, farm animals and a bit of history about Silicon Valley when it was Valley of Heart's Delight. Community gardens too.
  • I have my family reunions in this park every year and I look forward to them not only because I get to see my family but also because I get to see the rare fruit tree, fig collection and chickens! There are trees here which I haven't seen anywhere else in California and the best part is that you are allowed to take the fruit (as long as you eat it, of course). They also have community gardens and ducks, chickens and sometimes pigs to see. This is an awesome place to bring the entire family. The only complaint I have is the dirtiness of the bathrooms. They never seem to stay clean.
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