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Pest and disease identification is the first step in landscape integrated pest management. Tree borer damage doesn't always show up until the insects are long gone and the bark starts to peel away from the tree.


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Announcing MG Sprouts!

MG Sprouts is a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer led horticulture program for kids in kindergarten through third grades. Popular children's literature provides a base for each of the six sessions. We'll read a garden-related story and explore the world of plants through hand-on activities, games, and journaling activities.

Forsyth County Extension is now accepting registration for this fun and educational 6-week Saturday program. You can find more information here.

Details in brief:

Session dates: Every other Saturday from January 10 through March 21

Time: 11 a.m.-noon

Where: Forsyth County Public Library, Cumming Branch

Cost: Free

Register: Mail completed registration forms to Forsyth County Extension, 875 Lanier 400 Parkway, Suite 158, Cumming, GA 30040

Limit: 12 children

Registration materials must be received by Monday, January 5, 2015

For more information, email or call 770-887-2418

Master Naturalist Extension Volunteer Training -- Applications available now!

Forsyth County Extension is pleased to announce that we’re offering the popular Georgia Master Naturalist Extension Volunteer training in spring 2015. The Georgia Master Naturalist program is an 8-week adult environmental education course developed by UGA Extension and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources for people who are interested in exploring the habitats, ecosystems, and natural environments of our state. The program is a combination of lectures and hands-on field studies taught by UGA faculty and subject matter experts.

Details in brief:

What: Georgia Master Naturalist Extension Volunteer training

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

Where: Central Park Recreation Center, 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.

2014 Cumming Fair

Big changes for this year's fair. The canning competition will still be held, but instead of a bake off we're hosting a school scarecrow competition and showcase. Additional details and the entry forms are below:

School Scarecrow Showcase
Information and Application Packet
Sign Template

Canning Competition
Rules & entry form

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

Chilling Hours

Average Annual: 1929

2014-2015 as of Dec. 15, 2014: 652

2013-2014: 2219

2012-2013: 1918

2011-2012: 816


Average Annual: 50.3"

2014 as of Dec. 15: 43.75 "

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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