In this episode TiU visited the Emma Prusch Farm Park not far from downtown San Jose. This was an actual working farm from 1870 until 1969. The Farm is now run by The City of San Jose and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Kids come here from all over the valley to learn about life on a farm.
Speaking of farms, we have the story of a local man who did grow up on farms here in the valley, playwright and film director Luis Valdez. He’s the man behind the films Zoot Suit and La Bamba. He spent part of his childhood, not far from here, as a migrant farm worker.
You’ll also meet activist and attorney Carol Ruth Silver. During the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, she was one of the original Freedom Riders who boarded buses and traveled south to Mississippi in an attempt to end racial discrimination.