They met on FarmersOnly...

Last weekend, Bryan (of Rising Sun, Maryland) and Kimmy (of Holtwood, Pennsylvania) got married on Bryan's family farm in Rising Sun, Maryland. Phil, the best man, sent us these wonderful pictures from the happy day.

Congratulations Bryan and Kimmy. We're so glad we were part of your love story. Wishing you so much love and happiness.

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Testimonial:

So over a year ago I met the most perfect person in the world. We met on FarmersOnly and it started out as a friendship. I sent her a message asking her if she wanted to hang out sometime because she lived so close to me. After a week of sending messages back and forth we met up and took a little drive and just talked. We got to know one other and when I dropped her off I gave her a small kiss and felt the butterflies. I was hooked. I had to see her again. We saw each other almost every day and built a strong relationship. I quickly fell in love with her and she moved right in. Over a year of perfect nights, mornings and every minute in between. I went out and bought a little ring and dropped to one knee. Her eyes teared and I saw she couldn't wait to say "yes", when she said "of course" I stood up and wrapped my arms around her knowing I finally found my better half. We're now getting married Sept 26, 2015 and we're expecting our baby boy to come November 13th. I really feel that if it wasn't for farmers we would never of met and I would still be in search for her. We never fight and never want to spend a moment away from each other. I can not thank you enough for helping me complete my life.

As seen on DailyYonder.com- Roundup: (Not Just) Farmers Only

"Farmersonly.com is, ironically, not just for farmers. The online dating site, which started in 2005, caters not only to farmers, ranchers, and folks in rural areas, but also to those who respect the agrarian lifestyle, its founder says. Jerry Miller started the site as a way to connect people living in small towns and isolated areas. "When I started, it was a passion because I knew there was a need. When you talk to hundreds of people that are lonely in rural areas, it moves you," Miller said."

As seen on http://www.dailyyonder.com: Roundup: (Not Just) Farmers Only

FarmersOnly featured on VOX.com

Why 1.5 million people are on a dating site called Farmers Only -Updated by Alex Abad-Santos on May 17, 2014, 8:00 a.m. ET alex@vox.cox

Dating sites like OKCupid and Match.com are great if you live in a city, where you go on dates with matches
and never seen them again if it doesn't work out. But what if you live in a town with, say, 8,000 people?

Rural towns often tout the perks of being a community where everybody knows everybody, but that can be a 

real drawback when it comes to expanding your dating horizons. And OkCupid, while solving the "new person"
dilemma, often matches farm folk with city folks who just didn't get it. So Jerry Miller thought up a better way.

Miller created the dating site FarmersOnly.com, which now boasts 1.5 million members — a number doubled in

the last year — and 70-80 percent, he tells me, are in the agriculture industry now.

"We're in every state. It's amazing how spread out it is," he said. "I thought for sure we'd be real strong in the 

Midwest and what's known as the "Cornbelt," and I was amazed how many people we had from California,
Texas, Florida and New York State.

FarmersOnly is one of the more successful niche dating sites that have cropped up in the last few years, and 

are just hitting their stride. I talked to a couple of founders, who are fine with being the little guy in the world 
of Match.coms, OkCupids, and EHarmonys.

Efficiency, specificity, and deal-breakers

Miller explained to me that the reason he started Farmers Only in the first place was because of a female

farmer he met. She had trouble meeting someone new, and created an online dating profile whereupon she was
contacted by city guy after city guy. The hardest part of going into a Sears of dating, was that everyone was
already there and those people stood in the way of finding someone you might connect with.

"It's just so much easier than to go through a million profiles to find someone like you," Miller said. "Imagine if 

you threw a party ... and they all had a similar outlook on life. Same lifestyle. It's so much easier to meet 
somebody," he added.

Farmers and people who work in agriculture have unique lifestyle — days are long and a lot of time is spent in

rural communities — and finding someone that is accustomed to that rhythm is something that can't be
compromised. "There is a different living in a rural farmland communities ... They [people living in the city] don't
understand the lifestyle of a farmer. It's Monday through Sunday," Miller told me.

"Lifestyle" is a word Miller repeated often. And perhaps that's perhaps one of the problems about bigger dating

sites, and why the demand for niche dating sites continues to rise — bigger dating sites haven't found a way to
properly weigh the importance of certain aspects and features of someone's life. For example, someone's 
superficial disgust for eggplant or the smell of sun screen may be given the same weight as someone's
vegetarianism or a farmer's outlook on life.
"For many vegetarians and vegans, it's a lifestyle," Dave Rubin from VeggieDate, a site that connects vegetarians 
and vegans said. He continued, stating that there are values like having a compassion for living beings and 
future plans, like raising children may be vegetarian, are really important to vegetarian and vegans. "I would 
want a partner in life who shares my values," he added.

Values can also mean being a big fan of someone else's credo or beliefs.

"Over the years I formed many friendships with others who found them equally inspiring. Some of these people

I had met at summer conferences, for fans of her writings," Joshua Zader, the founder of The Atlasphere
told me. The Atlasphere connects fans of Ayn Rand with each other.
"So many of us were attending these conferences with the hope of eventually meeting our soulmate, someone 
who loved Rand’s novels as we did. Wouldn’t it be great, we realized, if there was a dating service — so we
didn’t have to wait for annual conferences?" For Zader and many the 17,020 members of Atlasphere who 
have created dating profiles, an appreciation for Ayn Rand is one of those make-or-break lifestyle musts.

Is there such a thing as too specific a niche?

"If you define your niche too narrowly, I’m sure it could backfire," Zader told me. "We think we’ve found the 

perfect niche, though, because fans of Ayn Rand’s novels have so much in common — often including artistic,
ethical, political, and spiritual values," he continued.

A look around the niche dating site pool, and you find things like Trek Passions, OkComrade, and 

GlutenFreeSingles— enough sites to make you wonder if Zader is right. Setting up a website is getting easier 
and easier these days. And if the niche is popular and broad enough, you can really take off.

SCRUFF, a gay, location-based dating app which was inspired by gay men with facial hair (and their admirers),

has a user base of 6 million worldwide — quite a feat considering another app, Grindr, had a stranglehold 
on the market.

Part of that success was making itself distinct. "SCRUFF is somewhere in the goldilocks zone of gay dating, 

which is one reason why I feel we are successful," Johnny Skandros, the app's Co-founder, said. Skrandos
explained that the app's balance between diversity and niche — it was first the first gay app to add a 
transgender search option and has options to search for all kinds of men — is one of the reasons its become
popular. "With that said, we will always lean scruffier, and that makes us unique."

But getting big isn't necessarily something that all sites are looking for or need.

"We're not going to compromise our core just to try and get more people [on the site]," Miller said. "They say

opposites attract. Opposites do attract and a lot of times it's fun. But you can waste a lot of time searching or
dating somebody opposite."
Original source can be found here.

Canadian farmer harvests cross-border love thanks to FarmersOnly.com

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Canadian farmer harvests cross-border love thanks to FarmersOnly.com

PEPPER PIKE, OhioMay 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Every couple of weeks, Kat packs up her car, leaves behind the horses and bees on her acreage in Manitoba, Canadaand heads for the border. No stranger to the United States, Kat used to go weekend shopping in North Dakota, and traveled the states regularly. But for the past 17 months these trips have been much different for her. In fact, they have been life altering.
Kat travels 4 hours to a farm in southeastern North Dakota to be with her new groom, Benji. The couple met in May 2012 on the online dating site FarmersOnly.com, a niche site tailored to farmers, ranchers and country folks.
Kat completed undergraduate studies in animal science and then completed her master's degree in poultry nutrition. She then started a small horse farm and honey production farm.
"My friends pushed me to join FarmersOnly.com because I was just going from home to work and back all the time," Kat explains. The country lifestyle was always prevalent in Kat's life even though she wasn't raised on a farm. "I always knew in my heart I would end up living in the country, so FarmersOnly.com seemed like a good fit for me."
FarmersOnly.com was founded in 2005 by Jerry Miller, an advertising executive in the agriculture industry. Coining the tag line 'City folks just don't get it,' FarmersOnly now has over 1.5 million members, from both the US and Canada.
The first gentleman that Kat met on the site was Benji, a fourth generation grain farmer inNorth Dakota. His farm produces corn, wheat, soy, and dry edible beans. He farms alongside his brother, and his retired parents still live on the farm. It was this way of life that made him realize he needed to make changes in where he was looking for love.
On and off for the past 5 to 6 years, Benji had tried online dating with popular sites. "There are so many fake profiles on those sites and so many times where you never get a response back." So he turned to Google and stumbled across FarmersOnly.com. "The big thing I found about the people on FarmersOnly is that they are all genuine, down-to-earth people compared to the other sites out there."
The first message Benji sent Kat on FarmersOnly was in May, 2012. They then spent a few months messaging and emailing each other back and forth until they decided to meet for the first time in August.
Benji hitched up his handmade canoe, jumped in his truck, set his cruise control and made the 2 hour drive to Grand Forks, ND, the halfway point between their two homes. The couple took the canoe out on the water for the day and went out to eat afterwards.
A few weeks later Kat made the trip to Benji's farm for the first time and met his family. By that time the couple communicated daily and their relationship started to bloom. "We took turns for who would come up and who would go down," Kat recalls.
A little over a year after their first date in August, Benji and Kat decided to tie the knot. OnDecember 21, 2013 in Benji's hometown church, Kat's family from Canada sat together with Benji's immediate family and watched the couple say 'I do'.
The temperature outside never climbed above 0 degrees. Kat Jokes, "I think we had the quickest outdoor pictures in history." Benji adds, "But the roads were clear and there was good visibility, so we really couldn't ask for more."
For their honeymoon the couple took a break from the blistering cold North Dakota winter and headed to Florida for some deep sea fishing.
They now plan to start a new generation on Benji's family farm. "The farming and country lifestyle is the perfect atmosphere to start and raise a family in," Kat says. "It's a luxury these days to be able to stay home with your kids."
Kat and Benji join the growing community of farmers, ranchers and country folks who have found love on FarmersOnly in small towns all across the United States and Canada.FarmersOnly.com estimates it is now responsible for more than 2 marriages every week of the year.

CKNW Morning News: Farmers In Love

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CJAD Montreal: The Exchange talk show speaks to Jerry Miller

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Fast forward to 55:30 to listen to FarmersOnly.com founder Jerry Miller speak about FarmersOnly's history and the impact that FarmersOnly has had on the single farmer scene.

Yahoo News Canada covers FarmersOnly.com

Dating site for lonely farmers now targeting Canadian market

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You can sort of see the ad: Lonely farmer seeks country girl. Must know her way around a combine harvester and not be put off by the smell of pig manure.
The advent of the Internet has made finding romance a lot easier and the web now features an increasing array of specialized dating sites.
When it comes to people who make their living from the land, apparently the big player isFarmersOnly, which claims to have 1.5 million paying members. It's slogan is "City folks just don't get it."
Founder Jerry Miller, whose headquarters are based in the wonderfully named down of Pepper Pike, OH., told The Canadian Press he set up the site in 2005 after a divorced female farmer friend had a frustrating time finding suitable men to date on other sites.
He started by posting flyers in local feed stores and at one point had to redesign the site because most farmers only had dial-up Internet connections. That's changed, he said, and now many farmers browse the site from their cellphones while riding on their tractors. (Wonder if that's considered distracted driving.)
Miller told CP about 10 per cent of its members are Canadian and it's made 300 successful matches in this country.
They include Daniel Seitz, who runs a family farm in southeastern Saskatchewan and saw one of FarmersOnly's ads during a TV agriculture report.
He's now married to a horse-riding farm girl and has a baby on the way, as well as a four-year-old stepdaughter, CP said.
“There’s two different types of people,” Miller, who's launched a Canadian ad blitz, told CP.
“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.”
The site's corny ads are popular on YouTube and have spawned their share of parodies.
Partners4Farmers, based in Britain, claims more than 500,000 members. It's not clear how many, if any, are in Canada. MuddyMatches is another U.K. site aimed at "anyone who leads a muddy-boots lifestyle and wants to meet like-minded country people," but it appears oriented only to Brits.
FarmersOnly has a Twitter presence and media-savvy Miller quickly posted the CP story on his site's blog.
As for Chelsea Seitz (née Henderson), she's a satisfied customer. She became engaged to Daniel five months after they met and the couple was married last September, after her family's annual horse sale. They mucked out the riding arena, then said their vows there, still wearing their cowboy boots.
“Daniel is just the most sincere, genuine man any woman could ever hope to find,” Henderson toldCP. “And there’s lots more out there like him.”

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