Prusch Farm Park Foundation

Native San Josean, Emma Prusch, bequeathed to the people of the City of San Jose, her families 86 acre dairy farm. Having no family and a kind and generous heart, her gift would be one treasured by thousands of children and adults for generations to come.


In keeping with the rural country atmosphere mandate, there are free roaming chickens, ducks, geese and peacocks. Spring is the best time to see the male peacocks displaying their brilliant plumage in an attempt to lure a pea's hen attention.

The Park has a large barn, home to typical farm animals and depending on season, you can see pigs, sheep and goats. These animals are part of local 4H projects. for more information about 4H, contact 4H.ucanr.edu

There is a small animal area that includes rabbits, turkeys, sheep and pigs.

A large expansive all accessible ground is currently under construction and should be ready before year end.

The California Rare Fruit Growers have planted and continue to maintain a rare fruit orchard, demonstrating that avocados, sapote, bananas and other tropical fruits can grow here. Visit https://crfg.org

The Master Gardeners have planted and maintain several orchards including a High Density Orchard and Heritage Orchard. For more information, please visit their website: MasterGardeners.org

Our friends at Friendship Force have planted several trees, representing our cultural relationship with sister cities. Visit https://www.ffsfba.org for more information

In 2008, the Foundation was approached by students from San Jose State University, looking for space to grow food for our community. Veggielution now farms approximately 6 acres in the Park and hosts Saturday morning farm stand, selling produce. The first Saturday of each month, they host a special event or program. Visit Veggielution.org for more information.


What We Do

Over the years, Emma Prusch Memorial Park has seen many changes and much improvement. The Foundation was an important part in the funding for the large animal barn, Plant Science Center and antique Aeromotor windmill, greenhouse, and the planting of 160 trees along the perimeter of the 46 agricultural park.  


We have worked with many organizations including the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and 4H, California Rare Fruit Growers, Veggielution and the Friendship Force to name a few.

The Foundation has sponsored and hosted farmers markets, harvest festivals, monthly barn dances, 4H field Days, Breakfast with Santa and scholarship programs for those attending summer camp as well as scholarships for students working on advanced degrees in the subject to agriculture or related fields.


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.

For More Information

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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