Keeper Dries Van den Broeck, Nadjejda Espinel and their children have lived on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua in Otago Harbour since 2017. During that time Dries has been growing food for them. The island has everything needed to grow a very productive garden, which has been most helpful now that they are in quarantine with the lockdown.
" I grow everything from seed and make my own soil. The island provides everything needed, carbs from the forest, manure rich in nitrogen from chickens-sheep and even seagulls on the jetty, and seaweed rich in potassium. I’ve grown pretty much everything except some warm climate veges. I grow tomatoes, capsicum and lots of herbs in the cottage sunroom though." Dries Van den Broeck
Quarantine Island/Kamua Taurua