Melbourne Singles Are Prepared To Get Dirty For Love
Melbourne singles are pulling weeds for love in the latest effort to bring people together and forge connections.
For those who feel love has led them up the garden path, there's still hope, with Melbourne singles now pulling weeds to find romance.
Forget Tinder, weed dating is the latest way to get lonely hearts mingling, thanks to Emily Connors, who brought the idea to Melbourne after learning of similar events in the US.
Connors is chief farmer at Joe's Market Garden, and plays cupid at a monthly event at Brunswick East's CERES urban farm.
The event on Sunday marks its 11th gathering and draws an average of 15 love seekers keen to put their green thumbs to work.
"It's just another way of bringing people outside and experiencing what it's like to be on an open farm," Connors said.
While some are keen for love to bloom, others just want to cultivate a connection in a relaxed space.
"It's another way of providing that for people that might be feeling disconnected or isolated," Connors said.
Weed daters are on average between 20-35 but plans are under way to broaden its appeal to older groups.
According to Connors, the odds of a connection being formed at each event, whether for dating or friendship, are about 60 per cent.
It helps that people are drawn together by common interests.
"There wouldn't be people here that just don't like to get dirty," Connors said.
Once the work is done, the gardeners gather under a fig tree for a lunch cooked using produce from the garden.
"It's another way of people sitting down and meeting each other in an organic way, excuse the pun."