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Celebrating Ramadan during COVID-19; Plus: Arbor Day and gardening in the time of crisis

0:08 – Ramadan began yesterday, the the month-long period observed by Muslims for fasting, prayer and deep reflection. However, due to the current COVID 19 pandemic and sheltering in place mandate, many Muslims in the U.S. will have to find alternative ways to celebrate the most holy month of the Islamic faith. For more on what Muslims are doing to celebrate Ramadan we’re joined by Amir Abdel Malik Ali, the Imam of The Oakland Islamic Community Center in East Oakland.

0:34 – Today is Arbor Day, a national holiday to recognize the importance of trees, and promote tree planting and care. Simultaneously, the US is experiencing a rise in what’s being called “crisis gardening,” people planting gardens to find relief in the COVID-19 pandemic. In honor of Arbor Day and the nationwide uptick in gardening, we’ll talk about planting trees, plants, flowers and herbs with Kanchan Dawn Hunter co-director at Spiral Gardens Community Farm in South Berkeley.

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