Advocates praise rules

Cows graze on an organic dairy farm in Jordan, Minn., in May 2006. Natural-food advocates are pleased with new U.S. Department of Agriculture rules on what makes milk and meat organic.

COLUMBIA — Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia is offering lucky gardeners a chance to put in orders for its famed poop produced by elephants, giraffes and zebras.

Zoo spokeswoman Susan O’Cain says one cubic yard of the manure will be available for $43 a load. The manure sells out quickly, and each order is limited to two loads.

Zoo animals produce about 1,500 pounds of manure every day. For those interested in small amounts, pint-size and two-gallon buckets are placed at zoo entrances throughout the year.

O’Cain says the poop will be available for pickup on March 23. Orders may be placed through riverbanks.org.