Featured author Darryl Patton will be speaking about his book “Mountain Medicine: The Herbal Remedies of Tommie Bass.” Patton, also known as “The Southern Herbalist,” became enthused about the different varieties of plants and their many purposes after visiting with Bass — a mountain herb doctor who resided in Leesburg, in Cherokee County.
According to his biography, “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, Ala., Tommie Bass used his God-given ability and vast knowledge of medical herbs to help thousands of people from all walks of life.”
Patton has amassed a cornucopia of knowledge about plant and wildlife during his more than 20 years of experience in working with medicinal plants. His life’s journey includes a career in the military, appearances on Alabama Public Television and the Comedy Channel, and lecturing in many cities nationwide, such as Las Vegas, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.
His writings have been featured in a number of newspapers and magazines pertaining to the uses of medicinal plants. He has also been featured in FoxFire Magazine. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Clayton College of Natural Health. He is also the co- founder of “Wild Alabama,” a nationally recognized environmental magazine.
During his spare time, Patton operates a wilderness survival training school in the mountains of North Alabama. He teaches a broad range of classes and offers individual apprenticeships for those interested in furthering their knowledge about herbs and alternative medicine. Patton has taken many trips to the Peruvian Amazon, where he graduated from the Peruvian Air Force's Jungle Operations and Survival School. He and his wife, Jane, live on Lookout Mountain, where he runs his survival training school.
Read Alabama! is a partnership between Bevill State Community College, The Walker College Foundation, Alabama Power Company, The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County and the Walker County Arts Alliance. Local business 4 Seasons Garden Center has planned to be an additional sponsor of today’s event, and those who attend the reception before the program will enjoy light musical entertainment.
The program, held in the Mathews Lecture Hall of the Harold Wade Math and Science Building, will start at 4 p.m. with refreshments prior to the event at 3:30. Book sales and signing will follow the Read Alabama! program. Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 205-387-0511, ext. 5715.