Sunday, 11 April 2010

SC Sentinel on Our Slow Coast

In recent months, residents from just above Santa Cruz to just below Half Moon Bay and up to Highway 35 have been hatching a plan to move on after losing Cemex's cement plant, their largest employer. Along with building community and finding ways to support each other in tough times, many also hope to trade on the area's wild beauty.

They've dubbed their enclave the "Slow Coast": a place where harried city dwellers can relax, eat local foods and shop for crafts.

The fledgling group began crafting its plans during two recent potlucks. Members built a Web site and ordered stickers. Slow Coast Cash, like gift certificates to participating local businesses, is tentatively in the works. And that's just the beginning, supporters say.

"This is the greatest place in the world to slow down," said Patti Spooner, owner and roaster of Alta Organic Coffee and Tea Co. in Davenport. Spooner said she barters coffee for eggs, computer repair work and a host of other items from fellow Slow Coasters, some of whom she met at the recent potluck dinners.

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