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.
Until its 1996 purchase by Electro-Coatings (along with a warehouse owned by Sara Lee), the 1.2-acre plot now occupied by the farm served as a TxDOT service site. It lay vacant for the last 18 years. Beginning 6 or 7 months ago, the new proprietors jackhammered away the vestigial asphalt; they’ve since composted the lot and commenced agricultural operations.
Here’s the plan:
The farmers plan to grow organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables and sell them to individuals and restaurants on site and at area farmers markets. Here are some views of the property before its conversion:
. . . and after:
Residents of the 77011 zip code will be able to obtain sweat-equity memberships affording them half-price discounts on the farm’s beets, greens, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme; the farm’s operators also intend to offer classes on “a wide variety of food and health related topics.”
Finca Tres Robles is holding an “open farm day” this Saturday morning.
- Finca Tres Robles [Small Places]
Photos: Swamplot inbox Plan: Finca Tres Robles