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September 10, 2017

The Urban Africultural Fair and Expo returns!  Celebrate all things agricultural in the city; bees, chickens, garden and orchard produce, maple sugaring, canning & pickling, and much more.  Games and contests for all ages. And enter your favorite garden veggie, kitchen concoction, or orchard beauty for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights.  Click here for the latest details, updates, and instructions.

September 16, 2017 from 10:00am - noon

Honey Harvest -- Help spin honey from honeycomb while learning about beekeeping and the magical, golden world of honey bees.  This workshop will be held at The Boston Nature Center, and is a ticketed event.  See for info.

For other workshops and happenings, check the Workshops calendar here

Agricultural Hall?

In 1818, the Massachusetts Society for the Promotion of Agriculture built the original Agricultural Hall on Dighton Street in Brighton.  It served as the hub of the Brighton Fair and Cattle Show, one of the earliest and largest such fairs in the country.  In 1829, "a 17-pound turnip, a 19-pound radish, and a bough on which pears hung like a cluster of grapes were among the outstanding exhibits of that year."  In 1844 the building was moved to its present location at the corner of Chestnut Hill Avenue and Washington Street.

Dr. William P. Marchione & 

The Bostonian Society

Brighton Allston Historical Society

Agricultural Hall

245 Amory Street

Jamaica Plain, MA  02130

617-388-7378  /  e-mail Ag Hall

Sat.&Sun., 10:00am-2:30pm & by appt.


Agricultural Hall has vegetable rennet and citric acid on hand for making fresh mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, as well as simple farm cheeses.

Hard and cream cheeses are more complex and require special cultures, tools and aging regimens.  Our first hard cheese cheesemaking class was held on 3/19/17, and it was fantastic!  For over two hours Harold Lieberman made a Manchego, and for two hours we watched (and sometimes helped) the magic unfold as milk made it's leap toward immortality!

Harold has offered to lead another workshop this autumn.  If there is a cheese you would like to learn how to make, or if you simply want to learn how to make any cheese, send me an email at (Bill(at)


Jamaica Plain is full of experienced canners, several of whom offer workshops from time to time.  I'll send announcements or Tweet if I see one coming up.  In the meantime, if you have canning needs (glassware and more), please give us a call.  There aren't that many canning supplies at Ag Hall, but I may be able to find you coupons or order the products you need for less.

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