CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Champaign is home to an organic flower farm, meaning farmers don't use pesticides or herbicides. In order to keep the garden looking immaculate, it requires a extra hand at times. That's why the Delightful Flower Farm set up an event where they can get help and at the same time, help others meet new people.
It is called 'Weed Dating', or speed dating while pulling garden weeds. Visitors would work in pairs across a garden bed and pull weeds while sharing conversations. There's no 'swipe left' or 'swipe right' in this event. For participants like Jeremy Williams, it brings back one-on-one human interaction.
"You get to learn about somebody," said Williams, who's participated in weed dating for the second time. "You get to ask them questions, you get to know a little bit about them."
At the same time, it is a kind gesture to him. He's helped out his fellow agricultural neighbor. Williams said there's no reason he can't offer a bit of his time and service. While they pulled weeds from a Eucalyptus garden - keeping a garden fresh - visitors were really planting seeds to grow new relationships.