Websites for dating farmers
There are those for different religions and diets, widows and single parents, nudists and smokers, fans of Star Trek and vampires.Even big dating sites, such as and Plenty of Fish, have added speciality categories for people looking for that special someone with a common interest they don't want to live without, including a love of farming.
Daniel Seitz was at home on his family's farm in southeastern Saskatchewan, watching a TV agriculture report, when an ad popped up on the screen and tugged at his lonely heart.An online dating site called Farmers Only promised to steer him clear of city slicker singles and hook him up with potential partners looking for a man just like him, one comfortable in cowboy boots and living life on the land.Two years later, the 27-year-old electrician and cattle farmer is newly married to a horse-riding farm girl who won him over with her smile, with a four-year-old step-daughter and a new baby on the way.It's an online love story that Farmers Only founder, Jerry Miller, is hoping to see more of in Canada."There's two different types of people," Miller says from his office in Pepper Pike, Ohio."There's people in the major cities in the corporate rat race.And then there's people who are just more down to earth and easy going and like to be outdoors more.It's just a different lifestyle."Miller was doing agricultural marketing when he came up with the idea for the dating site in 2005.
A divorced, female friend was having trouble meeting men while working long hours on her farm, and found suitors on other dating websites didn't have a clue about what her life was like.
Miller started promoting his new business with flyers at feed stores.
At one point, he had to redesign the site when he realized most farmers had dial-up modems.
The little dating site that grew now has about 1.5 million members.
With more high-speed Internet available now in rural areas, Miller says many farmers look for love on the site with their cell phones while riding on their tractors.
It's one of many niche dating sites that have popped up in North America in recent years.