first_imgLon White prepares to water a plant inside his nursery, Strawberry Fields. Kayla Desroches / KMXTSummer is fast approaching, which means Kodiak gardeners are looking forward to crops of kale and other hardy greens – and also fruit. The last few years of warm weather means that more apples and even pears have popped up around town.Listen nowOn a sunny day this week, KMXT dropped by Strawberry Fields Nursery to check in with owner Lon White and see what the growing season had in store for the island.Customers catch up while the cashier rings up their purchases. It’s hot and a little humid inside the nursery. The flowers have bloomed, the herbs are ready for fostering and the vegetable plants come in many different promising shades of green.And just through the door back in the fresh air, a lady eyes a kiwi tree leaning against a wall.“And they stay alive outside?” she asked.Linda Suydam said she’s usually out fishing, but this year she’s sticking around for summer. So she’s looking into growing fruit — like cherries.“Lonnie, I wanna get that kiwi tree too,” Suydam said.Kodiak isn’t typically famed for its fruit, but trees line the walls outside the nursery. White points out the bees flying around, busy pollinating the trees.“You can see all these flowering plants,” White said. “We have a lot cherries and plums here. I probably did more fruit trees this year than I have ever before.”White said they’re also now selling pear trees, which locals have had luck with recently.“We’ve had such good weather in the spring and through the summer that it’s provided the heat that’s allowed people to successfully grow a lot more fruit than what we’ve seen in the past, so it’s kind of a new phenomena actually,” White said.White said good drainage, high quality soil, and lots of sun is vital to establishing fruit trees.As far as vegetables go, White said the garden season has just begun and rhubarb is the first arrival. He said lettuce, kale and chard will follow.But, White said with the aid of greenhouses, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini and soon enough, tomato plants will be ready for harvest.last_img read more

first_img February 1, 20192:16 PM ESTLast UpdatedFebruary 1, 20192:21 PM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing Nike Inc. is facing pressure to recall one of its leading brands of sneakers after a customer launched an online petition alleging the design on its sole resembles the Arabic word for “Allah.”The petition said it was “appalling” to allow the name of god on Nike Air Max 270 shoes, which “will surely be trampled, kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth.” The customer, Saiqa Noreen, asked Nike to recall “this blasphemous and offensive shoe and all products with the design logo resembling the word Allah from worldwide sales immediately.”Image of the sole and the Arabic word for Allah from the online petition. Bloomberg News 7 Comments Comment Share this storyNike faces demand for sneaker recall because logo on sole said to resemble the Arabic word for Allah Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Email Thomas Kutty Abraham Reddit Nike Inc. is facing pressure to recall one of its leading brands of sneakers.Bloomberg center_img Join the conversation → Twitter Screen shot Recommended For YouIEA says does not expect ‘huge increase’ in crude pricesChina, HK stocks track Asian market rally on U.S. rate-cut optimismDollar on back foot after Fed shores up bets on large rate cutChina’s refiners want tax cuts before making cleaner shipping fuel- sourcesGM’s mid-engine Corvettes roar onstage to take on Europeans More Nike said in a statement the logo was a stylized representation of the Air Max trademark. “Any other perceived meaning or representation is unintentional,” it said. “Nike respects all religions and we take concerns of this nature seriously.”The petition, which aims for 25,000 signatures, has been signed by more than 16,000 people. Gillette ad takes on ‘toxic masculinity’ in #MeToo-era rebrand Should you use political news as a basis to market your product? Trump says Nike getting ‘killed’ over Colin Kaepernick deal Nike ran into a similar problem in 1997. The Council on American-Islamic Relations protested the company’s logo on certain athletic shoes, saying it resembled the word “Allah” in Arabic script. Nike said at the time it regretted any misunderstanding, explaining that the logo was meant to look like flames and recalled a line of shoes.The world’s largest sportswear company also faced criticism last year for its ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick that had initially rattled investors but had little fallout eventually. The NFL quarterback-turned-activist sparked controversy for taking a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial Facebook Nike faces demand for sneaker recall because logo on sole said to resemble the Arabic word for Allah Online petition attracts thousands of signatureslast_img read more