Influence grows like a weed, but love must be tended like a garden.
If you want a relationship that blooms in the light of that wisdom, head down to Decorah, Iowa, from 1 to 4 this Saturday afternoon, where Seed Savers Exchange at Heritage Farm is holding an afternoon of “weed dating.”
You and your future beloved can pull oates, kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate, pigweed, lambsquarters, and purslane together while ensuring the survival of heirloom seeds from gardens across the region.
See him squat and pull. Watch her bare hands yank something from the earth. Witness them extinguish one plant’s life in order to save another’s.
“We’ll basically just be bringing people to the gardens here by the visitors center and having them help weed and just hang out together,” says Jeanine Scheffert, event and volunteer coordinator at Seed Savers Exchange. “We’re calling it Weed Dating, it can be something where people meet other single people, but it can also be something that you bring a date along to. There’s not really any stipulations about what you’re considering your objective in that regard.”
Seed Savers exists to preserve seeds for future generations. It started 41 years ago when a co-founder was given seeds by her grandfather as part of a generational tradition. Worried that something may happen to her or her garden, leaving the seeds to go extinct, she asked other gardeners about swapping seeds. Soon, people began donating to the collection. The organization was formed and they now have over 20,00 varieties of seeds in their collection.
“We’re all about making sure these heirloom, open-pollinated seeds are living on to the next generation and we also make the seeds available for people to grow in their own gardens,” says Scheffert.
The event is open to people 18 and over and is free, but Seed Savers is having people register through their website, seedsavers.org, so they know how many people to expect.