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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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Learning for Life is the motto of FACS; these programs arm consumers with research-based information for the many facets of your life, including food preservation, financial management, healthy eating habits and more.

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4-H is an educational program teaching leadership, citizenship, public speaking and practical life skills.
The goal is to make learning fun!

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Forsyth County Community Orchard Planting and Workshop

Thanks to a grant from Keep Georgia Beautiful, Forsyth County will soon have a Community Orchard. This is a joint project of Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, Forsyth County Department of Parks and Recreation, and Forsyth County Extension. Chattahoochee Pointe Park, off of Old Atlanta Road, will be the home of the orchard of native fruit and nut trees.

Orchard Planting and Workshop

When: Saturday, Nov. 15

Time: 10 a.m.-noon

Where: Chattahoochee Point Park, 5790 Chattahoochee Point Drive Suwanee, GA

Cost: Free

Register: or call 770-887-2418

Learn about plant selection for a sustainable, low-maintenance orchard, proper tree planting, irrigation, and more in this hands-on workshop. Come ready to make name suggestions for our first Community Orchard!

Fall Lawn and Landscape Lectures at the Library

In case you missed the live lectures, here are the archived presentations for

Fall Lawn Care

Edible Landscaping with Perennials

Soil, Compost, and Soil Biology

Coming in spring 2015 -- Master Naturalist Extension Volunteer training!

Have you seen the bluebird houses and interpretive tree signs along the Big Creek Greenway? Those are examples of how Forsyth County Master Naturalist Volunteers are at work in the community, restoring wildlife habitats and educating residents about native trees. If natural resource conservation, habitat restoration, stream ecology, and native wildlife interest you, click here to learn more about the Forsyth County Master Naturalist Extension Volunteer organization. Training will take place March-April, 2015. Applications will be posted here soon!

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

Elevation:1100-1200 feet

Chilling Hours

Average Annual: 1929

2014-2015 as of October 29, 2015: 57

2013-2014: 2219

2012-2013: 1918

2011-2012: 816


Average Annual: 50.3"

2014 as of Oct. 29: 38.51"

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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