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Brewer’s yeast or baker’s yeast for bees?

Here’s a question that pops up this time of year: “Can I substitute baker’s yeast for brewer’s yeast when I’m making pollen substitute?” Truth is, I don’t know what the “official” answer is, but here’s my take on the best yeast for bees. Both baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast are the same species, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, […] Read more

A hive population wake-up call

Overwintered colonies that starve usually do so in early spring, just before the first nectar flows. In the northern climates, colonies may starve as late as April, even though everything appears green and lush. Part of the reason is that many pollen plants bloom before nectar plants. Here in the Pacific Northwest, red alders flower […] Read more