WEED DATING: Mixing farming and friendship

WEED DATING: Mixing farming and friendship

You've heard of speed dating? Well, a Champaign-based group that promotes sustainable agriculture is offering a new twist, called "weed dating."

"We're doing it to help people meet other like-minded people who are interested in sustainable agriculture for both friendship and dating," said Magdalena Casper-Shipp, office manager and program coordinator for The Land Connection.

The "weed dating" event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 24 — that's a Thursday — at Tomahnous Farm, which is a couple miles north of Mahomet off Illinois 47. The address: 480 E. County Road 2500 N. Registration is $10 per person and can be made online at thelandconnection.org/webform/weed-dating.

Pitch for the evening is: "Meet nice people while pulling weeds on a beautiful farm."

As described at the organization's website, "we will pair you with five to 10 potential matches over the course of the evening, depending on the size of the group. We'll begin with a farm tour, followed by a brief orientation and then get down to business."

The farm tour is slated for 5:45 p.m., followed by "weeding" at 6 p.m. and "mingling" at 7 p.m. The event is limited to those who are at least 21 years old.

A few words of warning for those considering entering the weed-dating scene:

— When you sign up online, you'll be asked, "What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?"

— By filling out the registration form, "you are acknowledging that you may be exposed to sun, dirt, rain, bug bites or other natural hazards and will exercise caution as appropriate."

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