Originally from the Philadelphia area, Steve has spent over two decades living and working with mountain people in Central and South America. He discovered his passion for the mountains as a Peace Corps Volunteer, where he lived in a remote village on the North Coast of Honduras. Steve has an academic background in economics (Penn State), plant pathology, adult education (Cornell University), and innovation science (Wageningen University) and has supported agricultural research and development work throughout Central America, the Andes, Europe, and the United States. He has worked as the Central American Coordinator for the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development, and in Ecuador with the International Potato Center, the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, and the international NGO World Neighbors. In 2009 he co-founded the Ecuadorian organization EkoRural, and Peaks over Poverty. Among Steve’s publications on farmer knowledge, hillside farming and other aspects of Andean agriculture, are the books El cultivo de la Papa en Ecuador, Cultivo de Granos Andinos, Herramientas de Apredizaje, and Escuelas de Campo de Agricultores en America Latina as well as his dissertation Learning from Carchi: Agricultural Modernization and the Production of Decline. His wife, Myriam, and he run a small organic farm outside of Quito, where he enthusiastically receives mountaineers in exchange for labor or good conversation. When not hiking and climbing in the Andes, Steve can be found working on his faithful Landcruiser, which recently passed 500,000 kms and is now pointed at a new goal: 1 million kms.
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