Agricultural Hall

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2017 Treatment-Free Bee School begins!  Learn everything you need to know to set up your own backyard apiary; 5 classes in all, plus 3 field-day sessions in spring!  For dates and registration, visit ,or give me a call.  This is a Boston Area Beekeepers Association workshop.


One-day Beekeeping Basics class.  The Boston Nature Center hosts Ag Hall and The Boston Area Beekeepers Association for this three-hour class.  It's a great intro into the wonderful, magical world of beekeeping.  See for additional information and registration.


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


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.

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.

Mason bees, or orchard bees, are prodigious pollinators.  Unlike honey bees, mason bees are solitary (and native to the Americas) and, as such, all females are fertile and produce eggs which they lay in small deep holes packed with food (a pollen and nectar mix), and seal with mud.


WORKSHOP & CLASS: March 12, 2017 -- A two-part, 2-hour workshop for ages 8 and up at Agricultural Hall.  Learn about our native mason bees and how to provide them an attractive and nurturing nesting house.  The workshop ends with a mason bee house construction project after which every participant will leave with a mason bee house ready for the bees' arrival -- any day now!.  The entire two-part workshop will be taught twice, once from 10-12 and again from 12-2.  For more information, please call Bill at 617-388-7378.  Registration hasn't begun yet, but check back here by February 12, or send me an email and I will contact you once registration begins;

Attendees are encouraged to bring an empty tin or aluminum can measuring around 3-4 inches in diameter and 4-5 inches tall.  Why?  You'll see.....

Several species of mason bees occur naturally in the northeast.  They're always looking for a good nesting site -- provide them a home, and they will move in.

Agricultural Hall has several living configurations to choose from -- from dirt-cheap digs to splendid "Chalet" accommodations.   It's all about the same to the bees.  Here are the latest listings.  More supplies and information available at Agricultural Hall.  Call or stop by: