Working Wisdom: Episode 30: Partha Krishnamurthy
Partha Krishnamurthy (Professor of Marketing, Director of the Institute for Health Care Marketing & Bauer Faculty Fellow) – A conversation on decision making and the role of marketing in wellness and health with Bauer College Professor Partha Krishnamurthy and Bauer MBA candidate Mark Garcia-Prats, co-founder of Small Places, LLC.
Working Wisdom Podcast, August 20, 2018
Why can't urban farming feed Houston?
Tommy Garcia-Prats grows his greens just blocks from a Metro train that cuts through Loop 610. He started the farm with two of his brothers in 2014, and it's become a Second Ward staple. The harvest of eggplant, peppers and arugula is ample for a farm that sits on just three-quarters of an acre, and, under the watchful shade of three oak trees, life is bustling at Finca Tres Robles. Butterflies whir through herb bushes while moringa trees dance in the breeze. Nearby residents pick up bags of whatever fruits, vegetables and herbs are in season with the neighborhood discount.
The Houston Chronicle, August 18, 2018
The Pitch winners plant seeds for a bright future in the heart of Houston
As a kid in Houston, Tommy Garcia-Prats didn’t so much as grow a tomato in a pot. His gardening experience was limited to mowing the family’s lawn. Now he and two brothers run an award-winning urban farm in one of the city’s historic industrial heartlands, and they’ve planted the seeds of what they hope will grow into something big. Their company, Small Places LLC, won $10,000 in The Pitch, a contest from the Dynamo and BBVA Compass that rewards a Houston-area small business for creating their own, unique brighter future.
The Houston Dynamo, December 11, 2017
10 questions for the $10,000 winner of The Pitch from BBVA Compass and the Houston Dynamo
Small Places LLC was announced as the winner of the second installment of “The Pitch” from BBVA Compass and the Houston Dynamo on June 13, awarding the organization the grand prize of $10,000, and business consulting from BBVA Compass and Dynamo executives. Focusing on making agriculture in an urban setting sustainable, supporting of its community and profitable, the company is working to develop a business model that is diverse and robust to create a productive and empowering farm within Houston’s city limits.
BBVA Compass Bank, June 30, 2017
Finca Tres Robles, w/ the Garcia-Prats Brothers
In this episode, Luke talks to Mark, Tommy & Dan Garcia-Prats about growing up in a family of 12, and the paths that led each of them to opening Houston's first all organic urban farm, Finca Tres Robles. Also on this episode, the girls from The Dish share about their experience at Slowpoke's in Garden Oaks.
The H Podcast, May 24, 2017
No Zoning? No Problem!
Since 2014, Tommy and Dan Garcia-Prats have coaxed everything from kale to kohlrabi from their one-and-a-quarter-acre urban farm, which sits in the shadows of a group of Second Ward warehouses—the first of its kind inside the 610 Loop. The brothers offer a delivery option, but it’s more fun to pick up veggies à la carte at the farm stand when it’s open—Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you’re quick, you can also attend their next farm dinner: a Fall Farm Dinner using fresh produce from the Garcia-Prats brothers’ gardens on Nov. 5, with live music from East End norteño musician Cosme Guerrero.
Houstonia, October 24, 2016
Building Soil from Scratch, Two Brothers Embark on Urban Farming Odyssey
The 2008 Farm Bill opened the door for new farmers and ranchers by allocating $75 million annually to launch the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program. New farmers jumped into the program to start small, limited resource farms and ranches, and Congress increased funding to $100 million annually in the 2014 Farm Bill. The 2014 bill also established a USDA microloan program to lend up to $50,000 to small farmers who may not qualify for traditional commercial loans.
Seedstock, August 10, 2016
Finca Tres Robles: Urban Farming on the Rise in Houston
Down Navigation Boulevard, past the popular Mexican restaurants and beyond the majority of the new townhouses, an urban farm sits a block south across from the U.S. Zinc factory. Finca Tres Robles, Spanish for “Three Oaks Farm,” is the project of brothers Thomas and Daniel Garcia-Prats, two native Houstonians who founded the farm in June 2014.
Offcite, March 5, 2015
FINCA TRES ROBLES New Family Farm Now Reclaiming East End Industrial Site Near Ship Channel
TWO BROTHERS WHO have opened a new agricultural venture in Houston’s East End are billing it as Houston’s “first private farm inside the 610 Loop.” Amid the gritty industrial wilds of N. Greenwood St. between Navigation and Canal — just a few blocks south of Buffalo Bayou’s Turkey Bend —Finca Tres Robles (spelled out and illustrated helpfully in the photo above) now sprouts on land owned by Electro-Coatings, a plating company. Other less bucolic neighbors, such as Baker Oil Tools and the US Zinc Houston Dust Plant, lurk nearby.
Swamplot, October 30, 2014