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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.
Julie Abshire June 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM
So excited for this project Jeremy! What an awesome initiative... Keep me posted on how I can help!
Nancy M. Knapp June 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Hope the wood for the beds is untreated.
Nancy M. Knapp June 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Also, fantastic idea Jeremy!
Earl of Sandwich June 19, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Sounds great! Instead of making people who own lots in the downtown build on them, let them put in a jerry rigged garden. Just what downtown Wyandotte needs. While people are tending to their plots they can enjoy the greasy smell wafting over.
Judy Maiga Izzo June 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Great job, Jeremy and thanks to Daly Merritt and all who helped make this possible. As for the one nasty, negative comment here, you can always count on the comments section of any given online paper to prove that glass half empty/people who will find something wrong with everything people really do exist! Fortunately, they are in the minority.
paul balog June 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM
count me in ,anything I can do I will be available Will talk to you when I get back to town
Sandy June 19, 2013 at 02:10 PM
@earl of sandwich, how does a garden smell greasy? This is a great idea! Until the owner of the land obviously decides to build on it, something is better than nothing until winter arrives and a garden looks great. If you look at a garden that is being taken care of well you cannot help but want to go back to your own home and want to start your own garden and/or flower bed.
April Smith Ciolek June 19, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Hey Jeremy, Ken will be off most of the summer and we would both love to help!! We garden. A LOT. As for you Earl of Sandwich, this IS building something...it builds a strong sense of community. Lighten up.
Suzy Jedynak June 19, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Great work Jeremy! Doing great things in Wyandotte again! On another note, who is doing the editing at Patch, Nate? SHINING is misspelled. Been noticing that a lot lately. Let's try to keep up the high standards that Jason left behind!!!
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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