The Foundation was established in 1982 to support Emma Prusch’s wishes that her farm remain an agricultural preserve.
We are an IRS approved 501 (c) 3 corporation and work with Park staff through an agreement with the City of San Jose.
The Foundation works with the City and Park staff to oversee the development and management of the Park. We do not maintain the park nor do we get involved with personnel matters.
Our job is to help make sure that the rural country atmosphere of the park is maintained, as mandated in Emma's Gift Deed to the City in 1962.
The Foundation has worked diligently in development of a Master Plan for the Park and back acreage, including restoration of the historical LeFevre home and carriage barn, installation of the windmill and planting a kitchen garden. Other accomplishments include:
Since 1995, the Foundation has donated over $68,000 as scholarships for the Summer Camp Program, which includes environmental and agricultural education.
Design and fund a Plant Science Center that includes a classroom, children’s community garden and green house.
Planting and maintaining 168 redwood and maple trees plus an additional 100 heirloom apple trees along the west and northwest perimeters of the Park, dedicated as the Karl Schiavo Memorial Grove in 2007.
Mentored Veggielution which started a Community Farm at the Park to engage local residents in food production and distribute food to those who need it. (www.veggielution.org)
Since 1993, hosted annual Harvest Fairs that included entertainment, environmental vendor booths, and culturally diverse food.
Orchestrated the acquisition and installation of an Aeromotor Windmill
Supported annual "Breakfast with Santa" events
Created Emma's Kitchen Garden with plants of German ancestry, using modern and historical planting methods for demonstration purposes.
The Foundation secures grants from independent organizations and will gratefully accept your monetary or in-kind gifts.
Please feel free to contact any of the Board members with any questions you may have. Our Board President, Sharon McCray can be reached at via email at PruschFarmPark@gmail.com.
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