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Upcoming Fresh Air Family Events

May 25, noon - 3pm, Mentone  --- Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk with Darryl Patton Led by Charles Rose, sponsored by Fresh Air Family. $15 per person, limited to 30. 

Darryl will take participants on a plant walk, followed by an herbal Q and A session, along with some wild treats sampling.  Bring water & snacks. Wear comfortable shoes. 


About Darryl Patton: 
Darryl Patton has been hunting, gathering and working with medicinal plants for the past twenty-five years on Lookout Mountain in the Southern Appalachians. Darryl is an ND (Naturopathic Doctor) 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 12 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.


Darryl is the author of, “Mountain Medicine, The Herbal Remedies of Tommie Bass,” published by Natural Reader Press and has appeared on Alabama Public Television and the Comedy Channel. Darryl has also been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles relating to the uses of medicinal plants and is in demand nationally as a speaker on alternative medicine. He has lectured in such diverse places as Las Vegas, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.


Darryl's website: thesouthernherbalist

Free to the public, but you must register.  To register or get more info, contact Charles Rose at or 256-366-1937.   

Group size will be limited to 30, so you must register for this one.  After registering, participants will receive a Google Maps link for directions to Darryl’s place.




Gross Out Day!  June 8 and July 20, 10am - 2pm -- Wildwood Park, Florence

Join Fresh Air Family and the City of Florence for a Gross Out Day for families at Wildwood Park!  We will have.a fun day of  Fishing Exploring nature trails Building fairy houses/frog forts Science experiments Slime!  And much more! Free! 

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