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

Walk Georgia

Any time is a great time to get fit. UGA's Walk Georgia program is a great way to keep track of your activities and get advice on exercise and healthy meals. Join community members within Forsyth County as we move more, live more! Sign up now at

Need more info? Call Louise Estabrook at 770-887-2418.

Fun, fitness, and prizes await!

Hike Sawnee Mountain with a Master Gardener

Get an active education in native and invasive plants as you hike Sawnee Mountain with a Forsyth County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer as your guide. Start with a brief plant identification class in the Louise Mashburn Native Plant Garden at the Bettis Tribble Gap trailhead. As you hike, mark your trail map where you see these plants on the mountain. At the end of the hike, turn in your map to receive a Walk Georgia prize (while quantities last). Then you can log your activity at

When: Saturday, May 16, 2015

Time: 9-11 a.m. with tours departing from the Louise Mashburn Native Plant Garden every 15 minutes.

Where: Sawnee Mountain Preserve, Bettis-Tribble Gap Road entrance

2500 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road

Cumming, GA 30040

Georgia Backyard Poultry Academy

Learn from poultry scientists and veterinarians what you need to know to manage your backyard or small-scale flock for optimal health and productivity. All classes meet from 7-9 p.m. at Coal Mountain Park Community Building. Space is limited and registration is required.

Cost: $5 per class

Class schedule:

  • Thursday, June 4: Foundations of backyard flock management. Dr. Casey Ritz, UGA
  • Thursday, June 11: Layers and Behaviors & Egg Quality Lab. Dr. Claudia Dunkley, UGA
  • Thursday, June 18: Diseases and Disease Prevention. Dr. Doug Anderson, Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network
  • Thursday, June 25: Raising Meat Chickens, Carcass Cut-up Lab, and Food Safety. Dr. Brian Kiepper, UGA Poultry Science

Download the Georgia Backyard Poultry Academy registration form

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 April 14, 2015: 2088

2013-2014: 2219

2012-2013: 1918

2011-2012: 816


Average Annual: 50.3"

2015 as of April 20: 17.75"

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.

UGA Extension Forsyth County 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.

UGA Extension Forsyth CountyUGA 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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