Miguel Martinez, manager of Smart Car Wash in Flushing, Queens, New York City, has created a “little farm” alongside the wash. The rows of corn, tomato, cucumber, and peppers cause passing motorists to do a double take. It’s not every day you see a cornfield next to a car wash in New York City, a report in The New York Times (August 1, 2017) explains.
Martinez, who hails from El Salvador, said the cultivated plot reminds him of his home country. He started the garden about three years ago with the permission of the wash owner and shares the vegetables with the other car wash employees who help pay for plants and fertilizer, according to the newspaper.
Supervising the staff is part of Martinez’s duties, and he is able to do that even during breaks when he works the garden, which is located next to the large windows that provide a view into the wash, allowing him to observe the crew at work.