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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 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 from the class.  Date and location to be determined.  Send an email to 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.

There is sooooooo much potential here.  If you're ever on the west coast, go to any farmers market and you are likely to see vendors with tables full  of mushrooms.  Why not here!?  Let's cultivate an east coast mushroom revolution!  

Start with the easiest of all; the oyster mushroom.  Or try the almost-as-easy wine cap or lion's mane.  (Supplies and varieties vary.)  We carry affordable packs of mycelium-infused dowels and sawdust ready to inoculate logs, coffee grounds, or almost any organic, carbon-rich substrate.  You could be feasting on your own mushrooms within weeks.  It's easy, fun, educational, and tasty (which also makes them a great gift for both kids and adults).

A packet of 50 dowels sufficient to inoculate one 4-foot log costs around $10.00, and other inoculant medium (usually sawdust) are available.  If you also need a log, we usually have some on hand from $15.00 to $25.00.  Stop by for your supplies and you will leave Agricultural Hall knowing exactly what you need to do to get your mushroom crop up and growing.

Workshops co-hosted by Agricultural Hall and one of several area experts will occur throughout the year.  Stay tuned by visiting our Workshops Page, or send your email asking to be notified when the next mushroom workshop comes along.