Jeff Smith is a journalist and editor who has written extensively about the environment, outdoors and lifestyle during the course of his 30-plus year career. He currently edits Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, an award-winning monthly regional publication focused on life near the shores of the northern Great Lakes. In his previous position, Jeff wrote for nearly a decade about federal and state environmental law and policy related to the world of hazardous and low-level radioactive waste.
Jeff first wrote about his lifelong friends the Mosers during the economic crash of 2008. The magazine story folded into the national conversation about people looking for simpler and more meaningful ways to live balanced and fulfilled lives. Jeff wondered what perspective the Mosers, who had left one of America’s wealthiest communities to become horse-and-buggy Amish, could bring to that conversation.