MAHOMET -- If you've looked all over Central Illinois for love, you probably haven't tried Weed Dating. It's like speed dating, but on a farm. Thursday night, singles gathered to bond over their love of nature. WCIA-3's Lindsey Gordon checks out the unusual way to date.
Organizers really wanted to expose people to a local, sustainable farm. It gives new meaning to "playing the field."
"I'm into sustainable, diverse farming and I thought this was a good way to meet people."
It's not the most romantic setting.
"I like to be out in nature, like to garden. It seems like a pretty nice setting than just sitting at your table. You're active."
"Even if your date doesn't go well, you're weeding and out in nature."
Twenty people spent their evening at Tomahnous Farms, pulling weeds and planting seeds. Like speed dating, it gives singles a chance to talk to as many people as possible.
"The only common theme between everybody who is here is that they thought coming to an event on a farm sounded like a good time on a Thursday night."
This wasn't just for 20-somethings. 70-somethings got down and dirty too. The only problem was there weren't enough guys to go around.
"It actually worked out better for the guys as far as the ratio goes, so you can't complain about that."
It makes it a little harder for Leah to find a date, but she sees it as a good sign.
"I do know that more women are getting interested in farming and so it's really interesting to see that we're well-represented here."
The event wasn't organized by a dating service. The Land Connection is a non-profit which educates the community on sustainable farming.
"We were just trying to think of funny, outreach activities that we could do."
For many of these singles, a night on the farm beats one at the bars. At the end of the night, people filled out cards indicating who they were interested in. No word if anyone got a date, but it would be a good story to tell the grandkids someday.
MAHOMET -- If you're single and enjoy gardening, you may want to consider "Weed Dating." Magdalena Casper-Shipp is here from The Land Connection to discuss the program.
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