Tuesday, January 11; 12:00—1:00 PM


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Did you know your spice cabinet probably contains things that help you focus better, fight infections, lower blood pressure, control blood sugar, and improve physical performance? Many of our culinary spices started out as medicinal plants that actually taste good. Join Texas’s internationally recognized expert on medicinal plants, Dr. Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen as he teaches the scientifically proven medicinal properties of your spice rack!

Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen, Ph.D. is often (somewhat) jokingly described as a scientist raised by wolves. Having a M.S. in medicinal chemistry and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry, he brings science into the world of wild edible and medicinal plants. On the science side he has fourteen patents and numerous articles in research journals from his career as an oilfield chemist. But his true love is plants and the miracles they contain. He hosts one of the top wild edible/medicinal plant sites on the internet; he’s written countless foraging articles for a wide variety of magazines; taught hundreds of foraging walkabouts; appeared on radio, TV, and podcasts and has written a popular book on the subject.