Everardo’s work with bees started when he observed his uncle Raimundo Sebastião’s production, still in the 1970’s. Back then, Everardo’s uncle worked as honey producer and used traditional and unsustainable practices which consisted in collecting the honey causing a swarm of bees and killing them.

Everardo was very curious to know about the life of bees, so he started to raise them in a different way in 2005. He decided to make a rational production of native stingless bees along with the conservation of local biodiversity and income generation. His experience worked and other young people started to raise bees.

After taking part in Adel’s trainings, he tells that he opened his mind and understood even more the importance of preserving native bees’ species and how much that could add value to his production.

He learned in the training course management techniques of native bees and started to use agro-ecological practices in his production. In spite of having studied until 6th grade, Everardo is an example in the production of honey in the region and gives lectures to other producers about the most modern and sustainable techniques of beekeeping.

In 2009, along with other young people, he created an association of young producers in which Everardo is the president. “We believe that once organized we have a greater chance of overcoming challenges in production and marketing of honey”. Afterwards, the association of young people accessed credit through Fund Veredas to increase their production.

Since 2014, the group collaborates in the organization of Nectar Network of Sertão, and recently eleven producers from Lagoa de Pedras have been working with apiculture and beekeeping. Today, production of native bees is an example in the community of how possible it is to optimize existing resources in Brazilian semiarid and change them into products with more added value.