She advised other farmers thinking of hosting a weed dating event to start planning early and decide whether it would be a purely social event or romantic one.
“We had people who wanted to come but were married.
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.
The speed dating format means that everyone talks to everyone — no waiting to awkwardly butt into a group conversation — and the day’s activity is the ultimate icebreaker.
Twenty-five-year-old assistant brewer Jeff Mc Guire was a reluctant dater at a weed dating event hosted by The Land Connection in Illinois.
“Given the amount of time that’s actually spent promoting the event, it would be faster to spend that time weeding instead.” The Vermont chapter of NOFA who started this whole trend is, ironically, among those who think it’s more trouble than it’s worth.
“We had far more calls from press outlets than we did from potential daters,” says office manager Barbara Richardson.
Though he was on the fence about attending, he was ultimately happy that his friends pushed him to go.Another issue reported by a number of hosts was a gender imbalance.Multiple event planners reported having to corral male friends just to even things out.You have to think about that in advance,” she says.Repeat weed dating hosts like Earth Dance Farm are holding separate LGBT friendly events.