About the Speakers 2015

“Healthy, Helpful and Historical Medicinal Herbs” – 9:30 a.m. at the Church
Elsie Hilton – Herbalist

Elsie has grown herbs for over thirty years and attended and participated in Old Alabama Town Herb Society’s Herb Day for the past 13 years. She has given Herb Programs all over the State of Alabama. She is active in the Wiregrass Herb Society (Coffee Co.) Alabama and the Herb Society of America.
Elsie earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and Masters’ Degree from the University of Montevallo. She was a presenter at the National District Symposium in Montgomery, sponsored by Old Alabama Town Herb Society and spoke at the National Extension Agents Conference in Mobile, AL this year.

“Southern Herbal Remedies” – 11:00 a.m. at the Church
Darryl Patton – Southern Herbalist

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 as well as a Master Herbalist and brings many years of experience to the field of alternative medicine. His passion in life is to pass the “old way” of using medicinal plants to people 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.” An Adjunct faculty member of Clayton College of Natural Health, Darryl publishes The Southern Herbalist, and Stalking The Wild….The Magazine of Outdoor Discovery. He is co-founder of Wild Alabama environmental magazine. He operates a wilderness survival training school in the mountains of North Alabama which offers medicinal plant walks and one-on-one apprenticeships for those seeking to further their knowledge in the world of herbs and alternative medicine. http://thesouthernherbalist.com/

“Savory Cooking on the Wild Side” – 12:30 p.m. in the Log Cabin Area
Duane and Matthew Mara -HEAL (Healthy Eating Alabama)

From an avid deer hunting family, Duane and Matthew have been learning about and cooking venison for 43 years. Their venison cooking includes roasts, steaks, patty sausage, chili and hamburgers. In 2003 they bought a farm in Crenshaw county Alabama for the purpose of deer hunting, and found the place invaded by wild hogs, unexpectedly adding another wild meat and new cooking methods (smoking and marinating) to their cuisine.