Tommy Garcia-Prats

Tommy Garcia-Prats
Tommy Garcia-Prats is one of the founders and the General Manager of Small Places LLC, a company working to address systemic issues in health through the development and practice of Community Impact Agriculture. To his work, Tommy brings over 8 years of hands-on experience in the areas of farming and farm management.

A born and raised Houstonian, Tommy began farming in 2010 as an Apprentice on a small organic farm in Maine which then led to him farming in Iowa and Nicaragua before returning to Houston in 2013. Together with his brothers, Mark and Dan, Tommy started Finca Tres Robles in 2014. Meaning “3 Oaks Farm” in Spanish, Finca Tres Robles is a 45-acre farm located used as a mixed educational agroforestry space growing seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs. For him, agricultural work has become a constant outlet of hope and perspective for him.

Tommy possesses a strong sense of community and is enduringly committed to serving his hometown. A commitment that is best summed up in his favorite quote from a Geoff Dyer book, which says “Everyone who lives in a neighborhood belongs to it, is part of it. The only way to opt out of neighborhood id to move out.” Tommy may have spent some of his professional life away from Houston but since 2013 he has been an active member of the East End community.

In addition to his farming work, Tommy has served as Business Liaison and then as President of the 2nd Ward Super Neighborhood Council championing initiatives to expand affordable housing opportunities and promote civic engagement among area residents.

His knowledge in agriculture and commitment to community wellness and environmental food security is incredibly valuable which he has put it to practical use feeding countless of food insecure families in the East End. Further expanding on his commitment to the health of his community, he and his brothers have expanded their community outreach during the pandemic by offering hundreds of pounds of free produce to local schools and health clinics at the beginning of the pandemic. His heroically critical efforts in agricultural innovation and view of farming as a unique avenue to community-based solutions to larger systemic issues is an asset to Houston community.