Join the Cahaba Group of the Sierra Club for their April meeting in which renowned herbalist and forager Darryl Patton will lead a plant walk/discussion at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve.
We will meet in the parking lot of the Nature Center at 6:00p and walk from there along the Geology Trail where Darryl will point out medicinal and edible plants "in the wild" as it were.
Darryl Patton is a wilderness survival expert, outdoorsman, adventure traveler, and herbalist who studied under the tutelage of Tommie Bass - one of the last of the old Appalachian Mountain herb doctors. Patton teaches wilderness survival skills around the country and is an instructor with Randall's Adventure Training in Ft. Payne, has been a consultant for the Discovery Channel's 'Man vs. Wild' with Bear Grylls, and also is the author of 'Mountain Medicine, The Herbal Remedies of Tommie Bass.'
Patton's walk will last about forty-five minutes and he will focus on presenting the traditional edible and medicinal uses of many of the indigenous plants that can be found in the Appalachian region of the southeastern states.
The walk will not be strenuous and is suitable for all ages. Time permitted, we will meet on the back porch at Ruffner to continue the discussion.
To learn more about the Cahaba Group of the Sierra Club check them out here: http://www.sierraclub.org/alabama/cahaba