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Lunchbox Lecture: Edible and Medicinal Plants

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The M.P. Baker Library will host Edible and Medicinal Plants of East Texas with speaker Dr. Timothy Fotinos at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom at Panola College.

This talk will discuss some of the more interesting edible and medicinal plants that can be found in East Texas. Topics covered will include field identification, the nutritional or medicinal value of the plants, and some of the history of their use.

Before grocery stores and pharmacies, people collected native plants to supplement their diet and cure what ailed them. In recent years, many people have become more conscientious of their diets and aware of eating foods in their purest form.

Dr. Fotinos is a plant ecologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He grew up in East Texas, north of Houston, exploring the piney woods. He earned degrees in Botany and Plant Ecology/Aquatic Resources from Texas State University before taking his family on a 2 year adventure to south Florida to work in the Everglades. He is now an ecologist working out of Bossier City, Louisiana helping national wildlife refuges across the central gulf coast and Ozarks improve their habitat management.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  Doors will open at 12:00 pm with the lecture beginning at 12:15pm and lasting approximately 30 minutes. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees arriving.  For additional information please call 903-693-2052 or email [email protected].

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