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Depending on the attendance and weeding logistics (and whether the weed dating event is romantic or platonic), many hosts have weeders work in small groups that are broken up and reformed until everyone has met each other.Weed dating first made an appearance at a Northeast Organic Farming Association NOFA Vermont event in 2010 and since then other farmers have organized their own meetups as far away as New Zealand.
Farmers, like participants, are drawn to the somewhat silly nature of the event. As for the event itself, there’s very little required besides a turnout and some weeds to pull.
They held a weed dating event last year and are repeating it on October 2nd.
But you have to be careful about how you employ their labor, she says.
Lines of men and women face each other across a row of vegetables in need of some TLC. After a set amount of time, either the men or women move down to the next partner.
“Having a lot of people for a short period of time makes a tremendous difference,” says Aviva Asher of Philadelphia’s Mill Creek Farm.
“It was challenging for them to meet potential romantic interests because there weren’t as many LGBT folks at the first event,” says Rockamann.