Agricultural Hall

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3/19/17

Cheesemaking -- Hard Cheeses Made Easy.  Making soft cheeses is fun, but making hard cheese is challenging, rewarding, AND fun!  Registration will begin in February, and the class will fill up quickly; send an email to cheese3-17@AgHall.com and I will contact you when registration begins.



4/2/17 (tentative)

The Mighty Mason Bee; Our Native Super-Pollinators!  This is a two hour introduction to the cutest but hardest-working little bees you may have never seen.  Part 1 will cover physiology, life-cycles, benefits,..., and Part 2 is a hands-on workshop to construct a mason bee house just in time for their early spring arrival.  For more info, click here



Late March/Early April

Grafting and Pruning Fruit Trees.  John Bunker (Fedco Seeds/Bulbs/Trees, and New England's apple guru), will share his vast knowledge caring for, and propagating, pome & stone fruit trees.  Hoping to spin-off a Boston www.GuerrillaGrafters.org from the class.  Date and location to be determined.  Send an email to grafting3-17@AgHall.com and I will contact you when registration begins. Co-sponsored with the Boston Food Forest Coalition.



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.


The best garden you've ever had can germinate at Agricultural Hall.  We carry the best of the basics: Organic seed in bulk (reduce your packaging footprint and your costs), organic seedlings in the spring (maybe... See Organic Seeds and Seedlings, below), bulk dry or liquid organic fertilizer, field straw, winter rye, vine supports and cages, some pots, and Rogue hoes.  (Rogue's tools are handmade in Missouri from recycled harrow discs. Smokejumpers love their durability.)  Stop by the store Saturday or Sunday, or give a call and I'll be happy to show you around.

If there are seeds or plants you would like us to carry at the store, please give me a call or send an email.  If you want to receive occasional email notices, send me an email.


Organic Seeds and Seedlings: 

Winter rye and buckwheat are great cover crops, and both are available in bulk at Ag Hall.  Buckwheat is a great late nectar source for bees.  Hold your soil in place and let these "green manures" prep your garden for next year.

Seeds:  The seed experiment is over for now.  For two years customers could buy dozens of different types of seeds in bulk -- at a greatly reduced cost, but there wasn't enough interest to sustain the experiment.  Maybe we'll try again in the future.  If you'd like to resurrect the effort, please give me a call.

Seedlings were also a struggle for two years.  Whether to sell bulk seeds again next year will be determined by March 1.

Tools: 

Rogue Hoe makes the best short and long-handled hoes in the Western Hemisphere, and we carry them!  Visit Rogue's web site, 

(http://www.roguehoe.com/)

and then give me a call to see if I carry the one you're looking for, or stop by the store sometime to swing one around.  If you need other tools, please let me know.

There are some handsome, colorful entry-level hand shears at the store for CHEEP.  I'm hoping they're durable, too.

Other garden supplies: 

Agricultural Hall carries bulk organic fertilizer (Crop Production Services and Neptune's Harvest), field straw and field hay, and cover crops (buckwheat and winter rye).  We might carry a limited selection of beneficials (insects, nematodes,..) in the spring, 2017 (call to place an order), and micronutrient workshops could be coming back later in the summer/early fall.