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The Lotus Propagation Workshop scheduled for Saturday, February 28th has been canceled.

See details for all upcoming Agriculture and Natural Resources classes and events here.

Pruning for Production Workshop

March 2, Cumming

Learn about tools, techniques, and timing to enhance the health and productivity of your fruit-bearing plants. Click here for details and registration information for this Fruit-bearing plant pruning workshop.

Extended Season Gardening with Low Hoop-houses

March 12, Cumming

Learn about cool season gardening and using low hoop houses to extend your growing seasons. Click here for Extended Season Gardening with Low Hoop-houses Workshop details and registration information.

Egg Candling Certification

March 18, Cumming

Complete the Georgia Department of Agriculture certification required for selling fresh eggs to individuals or at farmers markets. Click here for Egg Candling Certification details and registration information.

Master Naturalist Extension Volunteer Training -- Applications available now!

The Georgia Master Naturalist program is an 8-week adult environmental education course. See the Forsyth County Master Naturalist training schedule.

Details in brief:

When: Each Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 10, 2015 through May 29, 2015

Where: Various Forsyth County Parks and field trip venues

Cost: Tuition of $180 includes all training materials, field trips, MNEV badge, and other training expenses

Application Deadline: February 28, 2015

Application materials are available here. The course is limited to 25 trainees and applications will be considered as they come in. All application forms must be completed and returned by February 28, 2015 to:

Forsyth County Extension

875 Lanier 400 Parkway, Suite 158

Cumming, GA 30040

Tuition is due upon acceptance into the program. For more information about the Forsyth County Master Naturalist Extension Volunteer organization, see the brochure or visit the FC MNEV website.

Master Gardener Extension Volunteer training

The next Master Gardener Extension Volunteer training course is planned for January-March 2016. You can learn more about the program here.

Forsyth County Extension 2013 ANNUAL REPORT

Read about some of our important programs and accomplishments from the past year.


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Forsyth County Quick Stats


1100-1200 feet

Typical First Frost:

October 30

Typical Last Frost:

March 30

Chilling Hours

(Calculated from October 1 annually)

Average Annual: 1929

2014-2015 as of Feb. 26, 2015: 1887

2013-2014: 2219

2012-2013: 1918

2011-2012: 816


Average Annual: 50.3"

2015 as of Feb. 26: 8.44"

2014: 47.71 "

2013: 76.19"

2012: 41.91"

2011: 44.96"



Our mission is to extend lifelong learning to Georgia citizens through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development.

Forsyth County Extension is part of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. We are also an educational resource for the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and the Forsyth County Board of Education.

University of Georgia Extension offers educational programs, assistance, and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap status.

Information can be accessed by way of phone calls, e-mail, classes, newsletters, this website, newspaper columns, and community alerts throughout the year.

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