Chiloé company promotes wild maqui berries to health conscious consumers around the globe.Maqui berries? While certainly not a household name in developed countries around the world, the maqui berry is very familiar to locals on southern Chile island of Chiloé, where’s it’s been valued for centuries for its medicinal properties.
Publisher and journalist Steve hails from Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he once served as a VISTA volunteer, taught school, practiced law and was involved in community affairs as a justice of the peace on the local Quorum Court. He was also involved in national affairs as an aide to Arkansas Congressman Bill Alexander (1st District). While busy making other plans, force majeure took him to Chile in 1987. In 1991, he launched the Chile Information Project (CHIP) and The Santiago Times as a hobby and spin-off from a project he began while working at the Catholic Church's Vicaria of Solidarity. After stringing for various international mining and fruit export publications, he now is trying to make his hobby into a business — perfecting The Santiago Times and giving life to The Valparaiso Times, Atacama Times and The Patagonia Times. Steve now lives just outside of Puerto Montt on his farm in the community of Panitao, where he works on The Patagonia Times and grows alerce trees. He enjoys spending lots of quality time with his media naranja María Loreto and his son Ray.