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Boston Area Beekeeping Association's (BABA's) intensive beekeeping class begins February 8th.

Bee school is the best place to begin your beekeeping adventure.  The five indoor classes (and several 'hands-on' trips to an apiary in early spring) are comprehensive and fun.  The class is already three-quarters full, so sign up soon to reserve your spot.  See for registration and details.


Sunday, February 24, 2018

Also, a basic, single beekeeping class will be taught at the Boston Nature Center. If you plan to start beekeeping this year, the BABA class (above) is best. If you're considering beekeeping sometime in the future, the BNC class is a great intro. See


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bee orders begin January 17th. See for ordering info.


Log inoculation can start anytime; there's a small supply of fresh oak logs nearby, and I'll pick up a bag of shiitake spawn in the next week or two. Call for updates, or check back on this page. Logs/spawn/sealing wax will all run about $40/ea., but will keep rewarding you with mushroom 'flushes' for several years.

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.

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.

Several species of mason bees occur naturally in the northeast, and when females are active, they have to find just the right nesting site.  If you provide them a good nesting site, they will quickly 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: