Rhino Dung: A Sustainable Option for Growing Great Vegetables in South Africa

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Feb 13, 2012
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“I feel like I’m not doing enough when I’m feeding this safari camp alone. We need to have other people coming from other areas to learn. They should know that we have nice vegetables that we are growing from rhino dung.”

Meet Kenneth Jazi, the head gardener at Londolozi Game Reserve, a private game reserve committed to conservation, rehabilitation of wildlife and sustainability in South Africa. Over a year ago, Kenneth had the idea to start the camp’s very first local garden to supply fresh vegetables to the camp kitchens. But, he didn’t want to go outside for fertilizer. He was committed to finding something more local, something more natural to grow his vegetables with – little did he know that rhino dung would be his answer.

Enjoy the short video! It’s very inspiring to travel somewhere remote and discover great ideas in food sustainability. I really wish I could have gone with Kenneth to show you how he harvests rhino dung out in the bush. He tells me it’s “great fun”. Apparently, rhinos collectively create natural dung piles, returning to specific spots within their territories to defecate and “communicate” with each other. I had no idea this was why rhino dung was so easy to harvest – just grab a shovel, head out into the African wilderness (hopefully with a good ranger/tracker team) and find their dumping grounds for fertilizer gold.

Thanks again for watching food. curated.! I hope to share a cooking video from Londolozi, later this week, so you can see some of the vegetables Kenneth grows being used in South African dishes. Happy eating!

Comments

  1. Isloooboy says:

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  4. Thank you for this post. Sustainability is really important and crucial to the success and continuity of food production especially now that we are experiencing climate change. Getting fertilizer from rhino’s dung not only helps in eliminating the use of chemicals that are harmful to the environment but it also ensures that the food or crop that is harvested is organic and thus good for our body. Less chemicals, easier for our body to digest and maintain the body’s health as well.

    hope to see more on foods that are grown through sustainable programs here. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Jess :)

  5. Browsing on the site and come across this article. I think recycling the rhino dung into fertilizer is a great take with regards to sustainability. I’ve seen a lot of effort put into sustainability and if each and everyone of us do our part, then the world will be a much better place to live in. Thank you for sharing this article.

    Katie

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