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Silver Lake apartment garden brings COVID-19 relief

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When Jamie Renee Williams wanted to learn more about soil and permaculture, she volunteered at several urban farms throughout Los Angeles: Cottonwood Urban Farm in Panorama City, Huarache Farms in Sierra Madre and Farm L.A., located in Elysian Valley. When she wanted to implement what she was learning in the community, she began working with a community-led compost pick-up service to expand its reach. And when the coronavirus outbreak forced her to shelter in place, she transformed a tiny stretch of dirt next to her apartment into an edible garden.

“I thought for many years that it would be amazing to work on restoring it in some way,” Williams, 37, said of the garden in Silver Lake that she planted in March. “I had been reading books on permaculture such as “The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming,” and when I started going to a bunch of different farms

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Capitol Hill, White House Officials Work To Release Pandemic Relief Funds : NPR

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The White House and congressional leaders may be near a deal on a new wave of coronavirus relief funding. The proposal would replenish a small business loan program that ran out of money.



NOEL KING, HOST:

The White House and congressional leaders are working on a new wave of coronavirus relief funding. It’s to help replenish the small-business loan program that ran out of money in less than two weeks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on ABC News yesterday that an agreement is close.

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NANCY PELOSI: Everything we’ve done – three bills in March were all bipartisan. This interim package will be, too. And the businesses will have the money in a timely fashion.

KING: NPR congressional reporter Kelsey Snell has been following this one. Hey, Kelsey.

KELSEY SNELL, BYLINE: Hi there. Good morning.

KING: So the bill that’s being discussed now, what Speaker

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