Third Ward Fresh | One Seed, One Block
June 9, 2018 | 10 am - 4 pm
Unity National Bank | 2602 Blodgett Street
The goal of “Third Ward Fresh” is to address the lack of access to fresh produce in the Third Ward, which is officially designated as a food desert. At the June, July, and August Free Market Square events, Third Ward Fresh will host a series of public cooking lessons delivered by local chefs that feature raw food recipes made from only unprocessed ingredients. These lessons will occur alongside performances by local Zydeco bands.
Additionally, Third Ward Fresh will partner with “One Seed, One Block,” a project organized by the University of Houston Black Student Union, to host a series of Community Potting / Painting sessions at Free Market Square and other locations in Northern Third Ward. Participants at these sessions will be provided with a pot, soil, and potato/zucchini seeds, as well as paint and brushes to decorate their newly potted plant. The intent for this activity is to provide participants with a stable food source of their own. These sessions will also take place on the second Saturday of each month at various locations throughout the Third Ward, including Unity National Bank and Wolf’s Pawn.
This initiative is supported by Project Row Houses through the Strategic Art Plan, generously funded by Houston Endowment.
Marilyn Maples is a community organizer and businessperson specializing in community events and festivals in Houston and Louisiana. Her work as a community organizer extends into talent management, where she negotiates contracts and promotes various talent. As a businessperson, Ms. Maples has owned and managed beauty salons, beauty academies, and beauty trade shows, hosted and produced local beauty talent searches, and trained beauticians and barbers. Her vast knowledge of the beauty industry allows her to create connections to communities of color, furthering a passion for creative industries and local entrepreneurs and business owners.
Ms. Maples currently works at Unity National Bank as their marketing and business development production-officer. Ms. Maples graduated from International Business College, American Institute of Banking, attended and graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Spencer School of Real Estate. Her affinity for business and community development affords her the ability to shape culture and produce services within the communities she works in.
Nathan Keibler is a Houston-based designer interested in the intersection of architecture, urban planning + design, and social equity. Previously, he has worked in small design firms in Houston, Los Angeles, and New York on projects across a wide variety of scales. Currently, he is the Project Assistant for the Emancipation Community Development Partnership (ECDP), an organization based at Project Row Houses that is working on a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy for Houston’s Third Ward. The ECDP's strategy is focused on the development of four areas: affordable housing, equitable community economic development, arts-based community development and cultural preservation, and community-based public policy.