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Labor For Love: Idaho Farm Introduces ‘Weed Dating’ For Local Singles
Bringing a whole new meaning to the term ‘green dating’, an entrepreneurial farmer has opened up her farm in northwest Boise, Idaho for one night a year to play host to those who are bored of the conventional dating scene. Casey O’Leary, 33, owns the Earthly Delights Farm and organizes “Weed Dating”, an unconventional form of speed dating where couples meet while working together in the fields. O’Leary gets free labor, and the participants get a chance at romance!
Although being used as manual labor on the off chance you’ll meet the love of your life may not appeal to everyone, O’Leary’s matchmaking tactics have met with success. Speaking to the Gadsden Times, Joe Peraino, 27, met his previous girlfriend while weed dating at the Boise farm last year. They were together for nine months and found that few other couples could top their account of how they met.
“It’s a pretty fun story, because it’s not like a known thing, weed dating. A lot of people are like, ‘So, were you on a pot farm?'”
Farmer O’Leary heard of the idea from a farm in Vermont, and farms in other states are now hosting similar events. O’Leary organized her first weed dating event last year for about 20 people, including some friends and interns on her farm. It has doubled in popularity with more than 40 men and women showing up for this year’s weed dating.
“I feel bad if we don’t have the right people for the right people,” O’Leary said before addressing the crowd. “We’re all weirdos, in general, people, we’re all weirdos right? So like, it’s just a matter of if the right weirdos show up.”
Here’s how it works: Each of the ladies are assigned to a specific row, where they are given a crash course in how to identify a weed versus a vegetable or fruit. They are then instructed to pass that information along to the men, who rotated from each bed every three minutes – so it’s agricultural speed dating.
O’Leary oversees everything, making sure that her neat rows of lettuce, strawberries, eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes are not destroyed. “I’m not a hookup coach, I’m a farmer,” O’Leary said to reporters so as not to confuse the point.
The weed dating event has attracted people of different ages and backgrounds such as Amy Johnson, 29, an elementary school Spanish teacher, who heard about the event last year. “It’s one of those life experiences that I might not always be able to get so why not take advantage of it this year?” Johnson said. “I’m not much into dating, like speed dating or like, online dating. But it’s always fun to meet new people.”
“Last year I was joking that if I would have weeded with my ex-boyfriend, we probably would have never gotten together … He was not a very good weeder.”
Sounds ideal for the green-fingered (and hearted) romantics among you.
via Gadsden Times
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