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.


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.

 $25.35

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.


                   $28.86


              $39.33

GLOVES: Take your pick.  They're all comfortable, secure and affordable:

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


Leather:  At this price, why not... Comfort is important after all.  Child size available -- call for pricing.


  $16.50

$17.20

HIVE TOOLS:

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 all hive work, and they're very affordable.



                $13.45

$4.75

MISCELLANEOUS SUPPLIES:

Nine-frame spacer: Evenly spaces 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.




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.


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

$19.00

 $6.45

 $4.50


 

 From ~$7.00

HONEY JARS:

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.