Agriplex to host ‘The Southern Herbalist’ Darryl Patton Saturday

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Darryl Patton, “The Southern Herbalist,” at the North Alabama Agriplex for a previous event. (Picture courtesy of Facebook)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The North Alabama Agriplex will host “The Southern Herbalist” Darryl Patton this Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m.-noon, when Patton, a naturopathic doctor and Master Herbalist, will speak about salves, syrups and natural remedies.

According to Agriplex Director Rachel Dawsey, “It is limited to 25 pre-registered participants. We are meeting outdoors only with tables spaced more than 6 feet apart. Each family unit will sit per table. We will not provide any food or drink and no make and take supplies. Masks are requested, $20 per person.”

According to a biography on Patton’s website, “Patton has been hunting, gathering and working with medicinal plants for the past thirty-five years on Lookout Mountain in the Southern Appalachians. Darryl is an ND as well as a Master Herbalist and brings many years of experience to the field of alternative medicine. Known for his easy-going approach towards teaching the identification and uses of medicinal plants, Darryl has been called a walking encyclopedia of herbal folklore.

“For 13 years, Darryl was privileged to spend thousands of hours studying under the late A. L. “Tommie” Bass, one of the last of the old mountain herb doctors. Known internationally among herbalists as well as the common folk living near Lookout Mountain, Alabama, Tommie Bass used his God-given ability and vast knowledge of medical herbs to help thousands of people from all walks of life. During his apprenticeship with Tommie, Darryl was taught the identification and medicinal uses for literally thousands of plants found in the hills and hollows of the South. His passion in life is to pass the ‘old way’ of using medicinal plants to his students and others wanting to continue the tradition of gathering wild plants as food and healing.”

Patton is also the author of “Mountain Medicine, The Herbal Remedies of Tommie Bass.”

For more information on Patton, visit www.TheSouthernHerbalist.com.

To purchase tickets for Saturday’s event at the Agriplex, visit https://cullmanrecreation.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=351.

Dawsey noted Patton will return to the Agriplex Sept. 1 to speak about wild foraging.

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Maggie Darnell

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