Benefit: Hootenanny Sept. 6 helps Co-op’s Farm Fund

The Community Food Co-op and Sustainable Connections will host an all-ages Co-op Farm Fund Hootenanny benefit from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Boundary Bay Brewery’s beer garden, 1107 Railroad Ave., as part of Eat Local Month.

A square dance with caller John Hatten and The Great Big Taters, an ensemble of some of Bellingham’s best old-timey musicians, will go from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Beginners are welcome.

A farmer recognition and award ceremony is at 7:30 p.m., followed by music by the Penny Stinkers.

The hootenanny is also the kickoff event for the co-op’s “Let’s Grow It!” fundraising campaign.

The co-op’s Farm Fund works to increase the supply of local, sustainable and organic food by supporting and establishing projects that strengthen the farming community in Whatcom and Skagit counties. More on the fund: communityfood.coop/participate/giving-back/farm-fund.

Whatcom Community Foundation has pledged to match every dollar donated to the Farm Fund, up to $15,000.

Admission to the event is a $5 to $20 donation at the door. Farm Fund donations are also accepted at both co-op stores in Bellingham, at Industrial Credit Union locations, and at communityfood.coop.