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Plant the seeds of friendship at CCCG and Epsilon Eta's weed dating event

Carolina Campus Community Garden

Carolina Campus Community Garden partners with environmental honors fraternity Epsilon Etain 2017. Photo courtesy of Claire Lorch.

Weed Dating is not a BBC documentary about herbal romance. It’s an event Carolina Campus Community Garden is partnering with Epsilon Eta, the co-ed environmental honors fraternity at UNC, to host. 

The event is Friday from 2:30-4 p.m. The garden is located at 250 Wilson St., across the street from Granville Towers and behind the Newman Center.

Those attending will be able to work in the garden while socializing with volunteers and other fellow gardeners.

Stephen Lapp, president of Epsilon Eta, said he thought the partnership was a good one because of CCCG’s mission and the chance to spread awareness about the garden.

“There will be food and live music," Lapp said. "It’ll provide an informal way for people to meet and get an introduction and some involvement with the garden.”

Lapp said he could see Epsilon Eta partnering with CCCG in the future to do a different volunteer event with participation by fraternity members.

While it’s called weed dating, the expectations for the event is much more relaxed.

“We want people to see the garden but encourage people to come out and socialize with a chance to do some good," said Rachel Dango, a senior biology major and regular volunteer at the garden. "It’s weed dating — we’re not expecting people to exchange numbers, but maybe some new friendships will be made.”

Carolina Campus Community Garden's mission is to grow produce for UNC housekeepers and workers, which is an added bonus for Dango.

“I started volunteering midway through freshman year,” Dango said. “I showed up because I like gardening and then found out about the food going to housekeepers and workers. A lot of people don’t consider that just because people have access to food doesn’t mean they have access to fresh food.”

Another volunteer at the garden is Elyssa Collins, a junior geology major. Collins said she is planning on attending the event tomorrow and wanted to emphasize the community aspect of the garden.

“Every time I go to the garden, I really like the social aspect of it, as well," Collins said. "There are really cool people and interesting conversations.”

Collins added that her favorite part about the garden was the feeling of planting a seed, then harvesting it and giving it to someone to eat — a feeling people participating in the event will be able to share in, as well.


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