Agricultural Hall

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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 carries a variety of essential beekeeping tools and supplies, selected for their quality, durability, price, and whether it was made locally and/or sustainably.  If there is an item you would like to see on the (partial) list below, please let me know and I will search high and low to find it for you -- for less.

As usual, there is much more at the store than what meets the eye here (for example, we now carry three different styles of smokers, six different hive tools, and three types of hives -- Langstroth (8 & 10-frame), Warre, and top bar).

For hive woodenware, click here.

SMOKERS: Three different styles of smokers are available at Ag Hall, including the Flash Gordon-style domed smoker.  The heat shield and leather bellows make the economy smoker (pictured here) effective, safe and durable -- and the price is right.


VEILS: Of the dozens of styles available, we have about six, but the two best, most practical models include:

Alexander veil: A great all-around veil that does not require a hat (some suggest using with a baseball cap).  Compact to carry around or use in a pinch when visitors arrive.

Jacket & veil combo: It's so nice to zip up this comfortable jacket, load it's pockets with your tools, and get right to work.  This is not an extravagance; it's the best, and for a great price, too!  Three sizes available.



GLOVES: Take your pick.  They're all comfortable, secure and affordable, and sizes range from small child to large adult:

Canvas:  I've had mine for 25 years -- 'nuf said.

Leather:  At this price, why not; comfort is important.  Child sizes available -- call for pricing.




Agricultural Hall has the best selection of hive tools in New England.  Here are just two of the six varieties (and growing) we carry:

Maxant hive tool:  These make hive work incredably easy.  And they're made here in Massachusetts!  You'll never need another tool.

Standard 10" hive tool:  Basically, an old-fashioned pry-bar, but they're effective for hive work, and they're very affordable.




Nine-frame spacer: Evenly space 9 frames in a 10-frame hive, giving you and your girls more room to work.  Yes, there's one fewer frame, but bees make a deeper comb which contains more honey and is easier to uncap.  From Maxant

Mouse guard:  I lost a hive to mice once, and the massacre wasn't pretty.  Spend a little and save a lot.  Use from mid-fall to early spring.  Easy on/off.  Also from our friends at Maxant.  10-frame size only.

Another less expensive variation is also available, and it fits 8-frame hives.

Frame grip:  Like large plyers, use these grips to remove and hold frames with confidence. 

Mason bee homes & supplies:  Of any animal, mason bees are the greatest pollinators.  They are solitary and, as such, lay their eggs in small deep holes.  Simple homemade or purchased hives hung in your garden or yard will attract mason bees year after year.   See more about mason bees here.

Beekeeping posters: From Maxant, these posters are both beautiful and educational.   





   From ~$7.00


Glass honey jars with lids, including the classic Queenline jars.  Five designs, assorted lids and corks, and many sizes to choose from.  Labels not included.  See a full pricelist here.


HONEY EXTRACTOR: And now we've come to the 'heavy equipment.'  Our Maxant/ Massachusetts-made hand-crank 3/6/9-frame extractors are the best in the world!  Your great, great grandchildren will be using your extractor 150 years from now.  Agricultural Hall has an extractor for rent, and we will sell you a new extractor for the best price possible.

Our ELECTRIC UNCAPPER is also available for rent.  Work faster and cleaner.


Rent extractor at $20 per day.  All necessary tools included.  

Call for purchase price.