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Patricia Kirstie Howell - AHG Registered Herbalist 

Patricia is a  is a clinical herbalist, author and teacher. In her classes, lectures and practice, she combines twenty years experience as a practitioner, a solid background in the therapeutic use of herbs, and an in-depth knowledge of medicinal plants native to the Southern Appalachians.

Patricia is author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians (2006). Since 1995, she has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and serves as a board member for the Guild. She advises the Atlanta Botanical Garden about medicinal herb programming, is co-founder of the Georgia Herbalists Guild, and former president of Georgia Organics. She is the Program Director and Primary Instructor of the Botanologos School of Herbal Studies. Patricia lives in Rabun County, GA.

 Ila Hatter

Ila is renowned for her extensive knowledge of plants and their folklore. She produced Roadside Rambles, a wild foods cookbook, the DVD Mountain Kitchen, a video series called Wild Edibles & Medicinals of Appalachia, and edited the ethnobotany book, Plants of the Cherokee. Ila hosted Folkways and Our State for UNC-TV (PBS) and has appeared on CNN, TurnerSouth, RFDTV, and A&E Networks. Her website features plant photos, videos, and other educational links. 

 Dr. Teri Hamlin

Recently retired from the department of education, Dr. Hamlin is now the coordinator of the Northeast Georgia Farm to School pilot program. The Northeast Georgia pilot is a collaborative effort to develop a model farm to school program for Georgia that integrates the best practices of cafeteria, culinary, classroom and community. The student – teacher participation in the educational edible gardens and classroom mobile cooking carts supports the research that students who grow their own food are more likely to try it and like it.  Community support has been established though the development of community educational programs, harvest celebrations, a farm to school leadership team, coordination of volunteer trainings, and the development of partnerships with local businesses, civic and government agencies.

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