Guided tours will be held July 26 through July 30, on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. Most tours are included in the price of festival registration. The tours at Filoli have a $10 fee payable at the time of registration. (They asked that we collect and ticket ahead of time for their tours.) There are also a few wineries that will provide specific tours for our group, and they require payment directly at those events.

In addition to the guided tours, there are several self-guided tours available that don’t require registration.

You must register for the conference itself (admission and lunch) in order for your place to be held for speakers and for tours.

If you prefer to sign up for speakers or tours at another time, rather than at the same time as registering, you must do so by creating a new order. Unless a tour involves a fee, you will not go through PayPal on an order placed for speakers or tours. You will simply “Checkout” from the page that shows your “Cart”. After being placed, you will receive an email showing your additional order.

Orders once placed cannot be re-opened and changed. If you wish to make a change to an order already placed, you must “contact us” so the webmaster can make a change.

We require that you sign up for the guided tours you are planning to attend when you register. When a tour fills, it will disappear from the schedule. If a tour is sold out and you would really like to attend, please fill out the contact form and let us know—we will try to accommodate you.

Please keep in mind that many locations are private homes and have a maximum number of attendees so as not to annoy neighbors. Read the descriptions for special parking instructions.

For a day-by-day schedule of the tours, download the PDF.

Here are guidelines for registering for the tours:

  • First, print the PDF of the tours, then read the descriptions of the tours on the website. Use the PDF to mark which tours interest you. This will help to visualize so that you don’t select two tours at the same time. It will also help to avoid planning to visit locations in different regions in too short a time frame.
  • Take a look at the tour descriptions below. The up and down arrows allow you to sort on that column, which is handy for finding tours in the same region.
  • Allow a minimum of one hour to travel between the different regions of the county when selecting which locations to visit. It may not be an issue during the FOF, but traffic can be a real problem, and the regions are quite spread out. You will want to avoid travel between regions within a morning or an afternoon.
  • When making your selections, most locations have multiple time slots available, so double-check that you are selecting the day and time that you really meant to!
  • Make sure to not choose more than one location for a given time (eg. Friday 9-10 and Friday 9-11:00).
  • Each tour has a specific start time. Make sure you allow time to get to your destination.
  • We request that you plan on no more than 2 destinations in one region per morning or afternoon. This means a total of 4 tours in one day!
  • If we receive tour requests that do not follow these guidelines, you are likely to be bumped from that tour and will be notified. Please select carefully so you do not get bumped from something you really wanted to visit!!

Note on traffic: Freeway travel can be especially bad during commute times on weekdays. That means between 7 and 10 am, and then in the afternoons from about 3:00 to 7:30 pm. You will receive the addresses of the tour locations in your registration packet, and we recommend using a GPS, Google Maps, or Waze to determine the best route on the actual day.

On Saturday and Sunday, freeway traffic may be heavy between San Jose and Gilroy due to the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. The majority of traffic will be heading south in the morning, and then north again in the afternoon around 4:00. Monterey Highway can be used as an alternative to Highway 101.

LocationSummaryRegion/CityPriceprice_hsort
Andy's Orchard

Sunday, 10:00–12:00

Andy’s Orchard consists of the best of the best when it comes to stone fruit. His selections are grown for flavor and are handpicked at peak ripeness. He often ships around the world to customers appreciative of the best fruit can be. There may be in excess of 60 varieties available at this tasting. You will also see how he dries apricots and other fruits on site. The orchard covers over 45 acres. Andy also donates many of the peach, nectarine, plum, apricot, cherry (and more) scions for the northern California scion exchanges. He has one of the largest collections of varieties in the country and has traveled to other countries in pursuit of expanding his offerings.
Andy is generously offering a complimentary tour of the orchard, in addition to the tasting. You may also pick and purchase your own fruit from the orchard while on the tour for a discounted rate, or purchase fruit already picked by Andy and crew from the country store on site.  Pick-up some dried fruits, candied fruits, fresh fruit tarts,  or logo’d merchandise at the same time!  This is not one to be missed! 
This is a free but ticketed event, and pre-registration is required!  Normal public admission of $16 charged for drop-ins…

1615 Half Rd., Morgan Hill

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Boboricken Home

Located on the leeward side of the Los Altos hills, this garden offers a park like setting with California natives such as madrones and California bay mixed in with avocados and White sapotes along with exotic bamboos. Pawpaws, apples, citruses occupy the lower garden. Tropical rhododendron, pipevines and bananas surround the house. Wear good shoes since part of the garden is on a steep incline.

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California Nursery Historical Park

The California Nursery Historical Park preserves and presents the history of one of California’s largest and longest running nurseries. The California Nursery Company was established in 1884 and ran until the 1970’s. At the park you can visit:

  • The hardy remnants of John Rock’s Mother Orchard of 5000 fruit varieties—loquats, persimmons, Myrobalan plums, and chestnuts.
  • The orchard where Albert Etter’s apples grew—the apples that he and George Roeding co-patented and introduced
  • The historic adobe and nursery office—where the nursery hosted visitors, including many nurserymen.

There will be two guided walks of the grounds to see the remaining nursery buildings and the orchard and trees. You can wander around the nursery’s display gardens established in the 1930’s. The museum covers the history of the nursery and holds the answer to why there is a yellow windmill in the display garden.

https://fremont.gov/2896/California-Nursery-Historical-Park

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Casner-Kay Home

Kay Family Farm has over 40 fruit and nut trees, along with dozens of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwis, and grape vines planted in the front and back yard on their 8000 sq ft suburban lot.  Several of the trees are multi-grafted, providing the family (and friends) with a diverse and abundant crop of fruit throughout the year.  Microclimates and creative winter protection are utilized to successfully grow several frost sensitive plants that are usually not consider viable for the bay area, including mango, macadamia nut, and banana. Wood chip mulching is employed throughout the property to prevent weeds, reduce moisture lost, and provide nutrients to the soil.  Four vegetable beds and a plethora of California native plants complement the orchard and help attract pollinators and a diverse collection of birds to the property.

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Cerniglia Home

We downsized 2 years ago from 2 acres to a small home and city lot. We were inspired by Rosalind Creasy’s book on edible landscaping and developed a plan for a drought friendly landscape with edibles in both front and back yards. We have citrus, blueberries, Pom, and artichokes in front; peach, pluots, apples, berries and 3 raised beds for growing vegetables.

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Cohen Home

The Cohens have 6.5 acres with about 2 acres in fruit trees, fruiting vines, and a moveable vegetable garden. Included in the collection are apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, jujubes, persimmons, plums, pomegranates, apples, many citrus, quince, pears, asian pears, medlar, service berry, elderberry, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, almonds, chestnuts, olives, mulberries, avocodos, feijoa, autumn olive, kiwi, grapes, blueberries, and many raspberries, blackberries, etc. The main orchard was planted on individual tree berms with swales surrounding individual trees, as well as several large swales to keep rain water on the property. Extensive use of drip irrigation and a private well are used for irrigation. They have also installed a free standing solar system with trackers following the position of the sun throughout the day. There are 2 gazebos and several sitting areas on the property which they dream of having time to utilize one day:)

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Filoli

Filoli is a 654 acre country estate constructed between 1915 and 1929. It consists of 16 acres of formal gardens, a 10 acre Gentleman’s orchard, a 54000 square foot mansion with 43 rooms (excluding bathrooms and storage rooms), and several hiking trails. The mansion has been featured in over 25 movie and tv shows including Heaven Can Wait, Dynasty, George of The Jungle, and The Wedding Planner. Included in this tour will be a guided tour of the orchard which provides many of the scions for the northern California scion exchanged, and self guided tours of the rest of Filoli’s gardens and house. Many of the gardens are formally enclosed spaces or “outdoor rooms”.

Normal cost of entrance and a guided tour of the orchard would be $32, but they have graciously offered it to CRFG Festival of Fruit for the discounted cost of $10. Words are inadequate to describe what you will see here—you must see with your own eyes! There is also a restaurant and gift shop on site. Check out www.filoli.org for general information or
download a PDF about the orchard.

After the guided tour from 10:30 to 11:30, your ticket will allow you to visit the main grounds of Filoli for a self guided tour until 5:00 pm.

86 Cañada Road, Woodside

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Frantoio Grove

Frantoio Grove continues a 150-year family tradition of farming in Northern California. Owners Jeff and Pam Martin’s family first grew olives in Davis in 1867. While most California olive oil is made from Spanish varieties, Frantoio Grove’s award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from Tuscan Frantoio olives grown on their farm in San Martin. Frantoio EVOO won gold in 2017 at the California State Fair and the New York International.

11811 Monterey Rd.
San Martin, CA 95046

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Girton Home

We have 25 varieties of citrus, 6 peach trees, 1 apricot, 1 apple, 1 huge avocado (hundreds/year), 8 blueberry plants, raspberries and more. These are planted around our house on a city size lot in Palo Alto. I developed a complete drip irrigation system, powered composting operation (turning not required), squirrel and rat deterrent methods.

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Gopisetty Home

The Gopisetty orchard is a diverse planting set in a vineyard of over 3 acres, and includes over 175 trees. It was planned originally by Andy Mariani. There is an extensive rare fruit tree selection that has been entirely created with recommendations from CRFG Santa Clara members, and by guest speakers, in addition to those from Andy. The collection includes several different kinds of apricots, sweet cherries, sour cherries, peaches, nectarines, jujubes, Asian and European plums, pomegranates, apples, citrus, pears, mulberries, avocados, feijoa, table and wine grapes. We invite you to critique the orchard and hope to learn from you.

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Guglielmo Winery

$15, payable at the winery

Guglielmo Winery is the oldest continuously operating, family-owned winery in Santa Clara Valley. Emilio Guglielmo purchased the property where the winery is in 1925, so 2017 marked the 92nd anniversary of that purchase. The Winery is now owned and operated by Emilio's three grandsons. The vineyards are comprised of approximately 80 acres planted to Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Carignane, Grignolino, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Vineyard practices are designed to be as sustainable as possible. Vineyard canopies are kept open to facilitate light exposure and disease resistance. Reduced irrigation techniques are employed to encourage vines to express themselves fully. Guglielmo Winery produces nearly 40,000 cases annually under the flagship brands Guglielmo Private Reserve, TRE and the oldest label, Emile's. There will be a discount if purchasing wine.

1480 E Main Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

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Hancock Home

Our gardens are located towards the base of the foothills in the Berryessa District of San Jose between East San Jose and Milpitas. Some of our favorite gardening concepts are edible landscaping, growing things that are difficult to find or expensive in the store, and most recently square foot gardening. Can you find the 60+ fruit trees and bushes mixed in with the landscaping? Our list includes cherimoya, dragon fruit, guava trees, paw paws, curry tree, Pakistan mulberry, pluots, nectaplum, pluerry, honey berries, finger lime, kumquats as well as more standard variety trees such as citrus, avocados, apples, etc.

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Hewitt Home

1 acre terraced garden in Los Gatos with a blend of tradition and experimentation. Subtropical fruits such as cherimoya, jaboticaba, lucuma, kwai muk, rose apple and green sapote, temperate fruits such as apples, citrus, peaches and yangmei alongside delicate tropicals like starfruit, mango, rollinia, jackfruit, canistel, ilama and mamey sapote.

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J & P Farms

J & P Farms has been operating for approximately 48 years. It is now the last two acres of a formerly much larger operation. Mr. Cosentino is present much of the time, but has a busy fruit stand which operates on the honor system. He has a wide diversity of plantings including stone fruits, apples, persimmons, figs and grapes.  Other interesting organic fruits include and not limited to Buddha Hand citrus, apples, Italian sweet lime, and in-season produce. He has refined his orchard practice over the years with careful management of the soil, and water. Walking through his orchard and learning from his ideas is quite an experience. The surrounding area is residential, and parking can be tight.

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Kern Orchard

Sunday 1–2

As a kid growing up in the Bay Area, I was interested in the paw paw and tried several times to grow it. With 90 trees now in production, I’m happy to say my perseverance paid off! Two acres of this 4 acre property are in production with a fun mix of fruit. Mainly paw paw, but also Mulberries, Pomegranates, and some pomes. Just coming in are some blueberries, blackberries, and figs. In addition, heirloom tomatoes and peppers are trialed here every year. Currently testing wood chip mulching vs conventional disc/mowing in the orchard. Easy access from Highway 101 and plenty of parking across the street from the farm.

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Kuribko Home

Sunday 1:00–3:00

This is a large home garden with some very clever and beautiful solutions to problems found living alongside “nature”. Great care has been taken in planning different areas of the garden, from the ground up. They have found success with cherimoya, banana, kiwi, and blueberries alongside many stone and pome fruits, pomegranates, and others. The vegetable garden is not to be missed!

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Lu/Delfs Home

Forty fruit trees and a few vines on a 3000 square foot backyard orchard. Water is supplied by a small stream. The trees are all kept short, spaced 8 feet apart. Plenty of citrus (mandarin, caracara, blood orange, tangelo, kumquat), stone fruit (cherries, nectarines, apricots, peaches, plums and pluots), apples, Asian pears, avocados, paw-paws, mulberries, pomegranates, feijoa, figs, jujubes, white sapote, rose apples and grapes. There is also a majestic bamboo hedge. The remainder of the property has California native vegetation. Abundant wildlife presents some gardening challenges.

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Milutin Home
My garden is a delightful collection of plants. I have plants from childhood, rescued plants, odd plants and even fruiting plants. I have incorporated a couple of espalier apples, a multi-grafted Chinese pear and a variety of standard fruit trees. I also enjoy having fruiting shrubs and vines. I do garden organically and try to incorporate drought resistant plants. On the other hand I have a soft spot for sub-tropicals and reserve water for them. Mine is a typical suburban lot with a size of 6,000 sq ft. Though it is not a large garden, I certainly do pack in the plants!
Parking is also available in the shopping lot around the corner. As usual, there is a Starbucks across the way and a Pete’s in the Nob Hill Market within walking distance.
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Oliphant Home (Roly Poly Ranch)

Welcome to the Roly Poly Ranch ecosystem. It contains a vegetable garden, 30 chickens, one Hank (head of security), 150 Fruit trees (200 varieties), 2 People and 3 million Roly Polys, all interacting constructively.

The three acre ranch has been developed over the last eight years. It has a PVC drip irrigation system in the garden, black pipe in the orchard, a highly automated chicken coop and lots of wood chips.

Find the driveway between two American flags and the two grape vines and park in the back. No parking on the street—bring cars in through the gate.

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Polensky Home

The Garden incorporates a 15 x 20 foot Greenhouse, Raised Vegetable Beds, an 8000 Gallon Pond and stream. 5 Raised beds (3 Foot by 20 Foot) using retainer wall block provide summer vegetables. The Garden has informal pathways leading between beds of Salvias-Sages, with foundational shrub plantings of Feijoa, Erythrina, Citrus, PawPaw and Figs. Specimen Palms include Chilean Wine Palms and Jelly Palm (Fruiting Butia Capitata). Table Grapes and Pomegranates are planted along fence and property lines.

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Ridge Vineyards

Thursday 2:00–3:30
$36 payable at the winery

The Monte Bello Estate of Ridge Vineyards is located at 2300 feet in the Santa Cruz mountains. The road to access the Winery is winding and at times a single lane, so please allow extra travel time. On a clear day, Ridge offers some of the best views of the Santa Clara Valley to be found. Ridge is the largest producer in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and has won many international tasting competitions. They are known for creating rare field blends of various grapes. Some of their vines are over 150 years old. This is a special opportunity with a private hosted tasting experience at a discounted rate. Wines may also be purchased at a 10% discount. There will be a 30-minute vineyard walk with discussion of the history of Ridge Winery, the viticulture practices, and the unique terroir. This will be followed by a sit-down tasting of 5 of their finest wines, including the Monte Bello.

17100 Montebello Road
Cupertino, CA 95014

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Stapleton Home

Want to figure out how to use ALL your space for nearly year-round harvest? Want to grow avocados and bananas in San Jose? Lisa and Loren practice the biointensive method, and have fruit nearly year-round. With more than 100 trees and shrubs, you will find pineapple guavas, loquats, kumquats, oranges (nearly year-round), blood oranges, pawpaws, avocados, figs, low-chill apples, hazelnuts, palm berries, mulberries, juneberries, bananas and more.

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Tyson Home

Set on a sloped 1 acre lot in Los Altos Hills in the remnants of an ancient apricot orchard, this property has been featured in several Fruit Gardener articles (written by the owner, George Tyson).  It illustrates traditional fruit growing (e.g. peaches, citrus, figs, and of course apricots) and less-traditional plants (e.g. white sapote, cherimoya, and macadamia), all while struggling against the constraints of frost, minimizing water, and the presence of numerous deer.  I’m most proud of my grafting multiple varieties on existing un-irrigated trees—some 15 varieties of Asian plums on various wild rootstock and 31 varieties of apple on one tree (my Baskin-Robbins tree).

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Vanetta/Manela Home

Phillip and Yeffi have created a garden for birds, butterflies, bees, and humans alike. They have a high density orchard, with over 50 trees and vines producing cherries, stone fruit, apples, pears, citrus, avocados, pomegranates, kiwis, figs, persimmons, grapes, and berries. Two beehives provide honey and lots of pollinators. The garden also has a vegetable patch, flower beds, abundant milk weed for a monarch nursery, and nesting sites for songbirds.

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Willey Home

Dan Willey is a long time citrus lover. Dan started the fruitmentor website and YouTube channel to both teach citrus lovers how to graft citrus successfully and also slow the spread of the deadly huanglongbing disease. Dan has many citrus varieties growing at his house with more than 20 trees, some of them multi-grafted. Dan also has a number of other fruit trees including fig trees and stone fruit trees.

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Yang Home

Situated amongst the rolling hills of Fremont, this garden is a landscaper’s delight. Well defined pathways thread through water features and ornamental plantings. Arbors and fences support varieties of grapes, kiwis and passion fruits. Raised beds contain herbs and vegetables. Screened enclosures protect fruit trees from birds and varmints. Unusual fruits include Chinese hawthorn, jujube, tree tomato and the newest stone fruit hybrids from Zaiger.

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Self-Guided Tours

The Imbach, Lalikos, and Marini homes are 3 relatively small suburban lots very close to one another. Come and wander! The three households all practice intensive food production in their gardens with high density plantings and extensive grafting. They utilize a variety of strategies to take advantage of what is available and to improve yields. Included are chickens, greenhouses, and a self-dug well for irrigation. You will find a variety of fruiting plants from avocados and bananas to more common apples, figs and citrus.

Planting has moved out into street-side areas, and the median of the street, with guerrilla grafting.

LocationDescriptionRegion/CityAddressOpen Hours
Imbach HomeEudaimonia Ranch is a tiny, urban, somewhat chaotic, and utterly overfilled place, composed of an eclectic cottage filled with friendly beasts, hemmed in by postage stamp gardens, outdoor rooms, a workshop, and a greenhouse.

The intensively planted vegetable garden, chickens lair, and thicket of fruit trees hide the house from the street. Wandering back through the neglected greenhouse is first an old Healey then a coffee roasting station, grafting benches, and finally fruiting bananas, a chaos of orchids, small pots of seedlings, and an ancient cedar soaking tub to heat it all. The greenhouse opens at the back to still more fruit trees, an outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, and awnings over outdoor sofas on which to while away the afternoons while watching the bees flit their ways through the flowers.
North, Redwood CitySunday 9–12, 1–5
Lalikos HomeMany fruit trees and grafted varieties as well as an intensively gardened bed system with a large chicken space under the trees in back.North, Redwood CitySunday 9–12, 1–5
Marini HomeThis is a self-guided tour showcasing high density fruit tree plantings, use of urban micro-climates, etc. Total lot/garden size is 4200 sq ft. North, Redwood CitySunday 9–12, 1–5
Emma Prusch ParkThe land was a dairy farm until the mid-1960s when Emma Prusch, born (1876) and raised on and eventually running the dairy farm, passed away and left the farm to the City of San Jose to be used as an agriculturally-themed park. To that end the City Parks Department has lived up to the terms and the very large 4-H barn houses farm animals belonging to the 4-H kids. An array of birds from chickens to peahens roam the Prusch Park grounds. Vegetables and fruits grow in various gardens and orchards.

Along about the mid-1980s two members of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter (SCVC) of the CRFG worked with park staff to occupy some four acres and put in an orchard consisting of older varieties of fruit trees no longer commercially viable, but still very fine quality fruits not found in the local chain grocery stores. And thus was born the Heritage Orchard.

In the intervening years three more orchards have been planted—the Citrus, the International, and the High-Density—which are overseen by the Master Gardeners. Two Community Garden plots were already in operation by this time, so all that was needed was vegetables. And Veggielution was the last to be developed as a Community Project Resource in 2008.

The Heritage Orchard from the beginning consisted of grapes, figs, and stone fruits (apricots, European and Asian plums, plumcots (early versions of pluots), cherries, peaches, & nectarines) a small nursery area, and a shed in which to store tools. Over the years Pierce's Disease wiped out the grapes, and the shed and the irrigation systems have suffered at the hands of misuse and abuse. Over the years some of trees have had to be replaced, replanted, renewed in one form or another, though many still survive from the original planting and many more have homes throughout northern California by dint of being grafted in back yards. A couple of pomegranates can now be found, more trees grafted in multiple varieties, and some new modern varieties not usually found in a heritage orchard.

The Heritage Orchard has always been entirely open to the public and most of the fruits that are produced are utilized by the local visitors (even if they are not fully tree-ripe at the time), while the chickens clean up any fruits that hit the deck.

The SCVC has utilized the fruit tree varieties mainly as a source of scion wood material for the benefit of CRFG Members and the general public that attend one of the five CRFG Chapter Scion Exchanges in the Bay Area of northern California in January of each year. A Chapter-Communal scion-prep-work-party is held on the first Saturday in Jan. to cut, label, bag, and distribute the scion material collected from the Heritage Orchard, and many other locations throughout the Bay Area, and each of the five Chapters in the Bay Area take home four to five large, heavy bags of bagged scions ready for their own Scion Exchange.

While the Heritage Orchard and the CRFG involvement at Prusch Park has had its ups and downs over the years, overall it has proved a great resource to the public and CRFG grafters and has contributed to fulfilling the wishes of Emma Prusch and her very generous gift to the citizenry of San Jose.

http://www.pruschfarmpark.org/
Central, San ose647 King Rd.
San Jose, CA 95116
Thu/Sun/Mon 8:30am–Sunset
Fri 8:30–3