Agricultural Hall

An Urban Agriculture Supply & Resource Center

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3/1/15

4-H Meeting, 2pm at Ag Hall  Our group is growing, and projects are coming together.  Spring is a busy time for 4-H'ers, but there's still time to join.  Call or email me if you know someone 8-18 who might want to join.  4-H perfected 'experiential learning' long before the phrase was coined!  Head, Heart, Health and Hands!


1/24/15

Apple Day at the Egleston Winter Farm Market, 29 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain:  Fresh-pressed cider is pure ambrosia!  And there are few things that kids love to do more than help crush and press cider.  Apex Orchard will sell their apples (as they do each weekend) and feed the apple press with a variety of heirloom and conventional apples.  You can also learn how to make vinegar, hard cider, and more.


11/22/14

(past) Cranberry Slam at the Egleston Winter Farm Market.  A Hall organized kids' activities at the market.  Super easy and so much fun!  What can't you do with cranberries and kids!?  Cranberry bowling; necklace stringing; cranberry-on-a-spoon races; cranberry rangoli (making south-Asian designs on the floor using cranberries).  Everybody was a winner, especially those who tried Mimi's cranberry relish at her demo. Look for Ag Hall at future markets.  Apple Day (with cider pressing) is coming to the market early next year.


12/7/14

Ag Hall Cheesemaking demo (past) at Crop Circle Kitchen's open house in their beautiful new Pearl Building.  The mozzarella and ricotta were sublime, and the butter everyone helped make while waiting for the cheese to form curds was devoured in seconds!  It's SOOO easy.  Aside from milk, all you need to make cheese is rennet and citric acid, and you can buy both at Ag Hall.  Heavy cream turns to fresh butter (and buttermilk) in about two minutes of churning.  Kids LOVE making butter.  It's close to magic!


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.

Beekeeping

Supplies, tools, and know-how; AH is your resource center for almost every need and question.

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Chickens

Feed, bedding, feeders and more.  Keep your girls happy and healthy.  Find your supplies and answers here.

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Gardening

Seeds, saltmarsh hay & straw, fertilizer, tools & more. It's here, it's local, it's often in bulk, & it's affordable.

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Maple Sugaring

Welcome spring with a warm & delicious tradition. We have everything but the trees. 

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Mushrooms

Start with a family-friendly kit, then graduate to more challenging species.   Enjoy a delicious year-round harvest.

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Cheese & Canning

AH carries some supplies, a few ingredients, & big plans for both.

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Agricultural Hall in a nutshell...

Agricultural Hall is Boston's urban grange; a store, a resource center, and a hangout for urban aggie-types (agri-nerds?) to share their agriculture-related experiences, explore new ideas, and just "shoot the breeze."  

From the store at 245 Amory Street we sell a wide range of urban agriculture supplies, primarily beekeeping equipment and chicken husbandry supplies, but also solid, practical, and inspiring goods and tools.  Our tendencies are: 

  • To carry organic, recycled, readily recyclable, handmade, and/or locally made products;
  • To sell in bulk when possible, thereby helping you keep your costs and packaging footprint to a minimum;
  • To only carry well-made, durable products that you will cherish and use for a lifetime; and
  • To be a resource/referral center for anyone looking for answers to agriculture-related questions.

Agricultural Hall also organizes classes in all manner of urban agriculture.  Schedules and sign-up instructions can be found at our Workshops page.  Whether a novice beekeeper, a weathered gardener, or a hard-core canner, you will find new and interesting topics to explore among Agricultural Hall's workshops.