Gardening, Wildcrafting + Your Microbiome: Cow Manure, Urine as Fertilizer

In this podcast episode, the host Natalie Forstbauer of The Gardening Summit introduces Cate Stillman, also known as the Yogahealer, and delve into the fascinating world of rewilding health through foraging, eating wild plants, and gardening. Cate shares her extensive expertise on the nutritional benefits of wild weeds and how they can be incorporated into our diets.

What You’ll Get Out of Tuning In

  • Insights into the nutritional benefits of wild weeds and their medicinal properties.
  • Understanding the connection between microbial diversity, immune system strength, and overall health.
  • Knowledge about the benefits of composting, gardening practices, and using cow manure and urine as fertilizers.
  • Information on intermittent fasting, its impact on the gut microbiome, and overall health benefits.
  • Deepening your understanding of the holistic relationship between humans, food, and nature.


  • Cate highlights specific weeds like chickweed and thistle, emphasizing their high nutrient density and medicinal properties.
  • Discussion on the benefits of intermittent fasting, including microbiome balance, improved sleep, and enhanced nutrient absorption.
  • Emphasis on the importance of observing, collaborating with, and reflecting on the food we grow and its impact on our well-being.
  • Exploration of primal habits, including connecting with nature and learning from past experiences.
  • Insights into the value of diversity in health, including microbial and nutrient diversity, as well as diversity in movement.
  • Discussion on the use of invasive plants for food and medicine while preserving native plant populations.
  • The significance of urine as a natural fertilizer and its historical use in various cultures.


“These wild weeds are packed with nutrients and have incredible medicinal properties.”

“Intermittent fasting can restore microbiome balance, improve sleep, and support brain function.”

“Our relationship with food goes beyond its nutritional impact; it impacts us emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.”

“Connecting with nature and the elements can provide intuitive insights and awaken our self-wisdom.”

“Diversity in health, including microbial and nutrient diversity, is essential for optimal well-being.”

“By rewilding our ecosystems, we can cultivate abundance and connect with our own resources.”


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In conclusion, Cate’s expertise and passion for wild plants provide valuable insights into the concept of rewilding health. This episode covers a wide range of topics, including microbial diversity, composting, gardening practices, intermittent fasting, and the holistic relationship between humans, food, and nature.