2021 Plant Thyme Fall Luncheon
Guest Speaker: Tommy Garcia-Prats of Finca Tres Robles
Tommy Garcia-Prats is the Co-Founder and General Manager of Small Places, an organization that starts and runs urban farms that serve their immediate communities. Their first farm, Finca Tres Robles, started in 2014, is still one of the only urban farms inside the 610 loop of Houston. Located in the 2nd Ward just east of Downtown, they grow over 20,000lbs of produce each year on their 1.25 acre, formerly vacant lot. Hosting field trips, classes, and community events, Finca is a part of the fabric of the East End community supporting the need and the demand for fresh produce and green space in their neighborhood.
Tommy draws on a decade’s worth of hands-on experience in farming and farm management from his work with some of the most innovative farmers in the hemisphere. He also leads the Small Places’ community engagement work, drawing on his experience in community development and relationship-building in Nicaragua. Tommy served on the Council and eventually as President of the Second Ward Super Neighborhood and was honored at Discovery Green in 2020 as one of Houston’s “Unsung Heroes" for their farm's response to the pandemic.