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Hamburger Man Makes Room for Vegetables in Wyandotte

Jeremy Sladovnik, owner of Joe's Hamburgers in Wyandotte, has big plans for a lot located behind his restaurant.

Jeremy Sladovnik, owner and operator of Joe's Hamburgers in Wyandotte, has plans to create a community garden behind his restaurant.
Jeremy Sladovnik, owner and operator of Joe's Hamburgers in Wyandotte, has plans to create a community garden behind his restaurant.
Update: Jeremy Sladovnik has been selected as Huffington Post's Greatest Person of the Day. To see who else has held this title, go to huffingtonpost.com/news/greatest-person-of-the-day

A Wyandotte business owner known for his hamburgers plans to turn a gloomy lot behind his restaurant into a place for cultivating foods not typically found on his menu.

Restaurant owner Jeremy Sladovnik plans to turn the lot into a community garden where Wyandotte residents can grow vegetables.

Poppy's Urban Garden is an idea that came to Sladovnik after seeing Lafayette Greens built on the former site of the Lafayette Building on Shelby, Lafayette and Michigan avenues in Detroit.

"I want to turn a desolate piece of property into something useful," Sladovnik said.

Sladovnik raised funds for the project through his Stars Shining Through non-profit organization, which supports local causes in Wyandotte.

Nearly all of the 3,000-square-foot lot will be covered with about 60 raised wooden beds filled with topsoil, where residents can grow almost anything.

"They'll be enough space for everybody," Sladovnik said.

Local business Daly Merritt Insurance donated wood to be used to make the raised beds.

The project was recently approved by the City of Wyandotte, which donated a 2,200-gallon rain water reservoir to keep plants growing all season long.

Sladovnik said he is currently looking for volunteers to help him change the largely forgotten lot into a place residents can congregate, eat lunch and garden.

Contact Jeremy Sladovnik for more information on volunteering or to donate to the Stars Shinning Through foundation, 125 Elm Street, 734-285-0420.
sam beausejour June 19, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Who owns the lot
Rhonda Gutierrez June 19, 2013 at 11:26 PM
How exciting! I am looking forward to this awesome project. Thanks Jeremy and to all involved.
Earl of Sandwich June 20, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Who owns this lot. Is this just a scheme to get free labor to turn an empty lot into a picnic area for Joe's customers. Maybe the city should donate some picnic tables, a bench would look nice also. What is the taxable value of a lot in a downtown area with some picnic tables and vegtable plants? Build something taxable or sell the lot to someone that will.
tina hirsch June 28, 2013 at 04:38 PM
It takes a unique soul to look at an empty lot and see a vegetable garden.
Sam June 28, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Awesome idea! Should be more of these around the city. Great sense of community. How do you determine who takes what from it? City visitors (non-Wyandotter's) may see an opportunity for free groceries....just a thought.

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