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Auxvasse farm to host speed dating event with organic twist

“Weed Dating” hopes to unite singles with earthy interests June 30

An organic farm near Auxvasse will soon play host to what might be Callaway County’s most unique group date.

“Weed Dating,” an event in which young farmers and organic enthusiasts get to know each other over gardening work, will be hosted June 30 at Deep Mud Farm, 4721 County Road 290.

The event starts 5:30 p.m. with a tour of the farm, before daters are lead to a row of vegetables to weed while mingling with the worker opposite to them. Like the more traditional speed dating concept, one group of daters will rotate from plant to plant until they’ve met everyone.

A BYOB reception will follow in a shaded area.

“Young people who have a shared interest in gardening and permaculture have a hard time finding like-minded people who are single,” said Hannah Hemmelgarn, collective organizer of Laughing Oak Folk School, an organization that holds folk-wisdom workshops and social events at various central Missouri locations and Weed Dating’s sponsor. “The event is a combination of investing ourselves in a local organic farm ... and getting to know one another.”

Hemmelgarn was inspired by a similar event held in St. Louis, and decided to bring the program here to Callaway. The Weed Dating concept was started by the Greenhorns, a grassroots non-profit organization of young farmers.

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