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UGA Extension has been teaching people how to grow food for over 100 years. We also support homeowners with information about lawn and landscape care, water conservation, gardening safety, pollinator protection, backyard chickens, and enjoying the natural world.


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

Hay Contest

Forsyth County Extension is hosting a hay contest. Hay producers in Forsyth, Fulton, and Cherokee counties are eligible to enter. Hay samples will be simultaneously entered in the Southeastern Hay Contest.

Contest rules and entry form

How to take a proper hay sample

Knowing forage quality simplifies winter feeding

Hay samples for lab analysis, hay grab bag for display, entry form and fee must be received in the Forsyth County Extension Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015.

Canning Contest

The canning contest will take at the Cumming Country Fair and Festival October 8th-18th. Please click here for entry form.

Gardening Safety Class

When: September 30, 2015, 7-8 p.m.

Where: Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming GA

Cost: FREE!

2016 Master Gardener training program applications now available!

Information letter

Master Gardener training application

Starting a New Food Business

UGA's Food Science Extension Outreach Service is offering a 2-day training on starting a new food business in Georgia. Presenters from UGA Food Science & Technology, UGA Extension faculty, FDA, Georgia Department of Agriculture, and the Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center will answer your questions and address your concerns on numerous food product development and marketing issues.

When: October 6-7, 2015

Where: UGA campus in Griffin, GA

Cost: $150 per person

Registration deadline: Sept. 10, 2015

More info

Green Industry Update

On October 7, 2015 Forsyth County Extension is offering a Green Industry Update for landscape professionals. Topics covered:

  • Tree diagnostics
  • Understanding pesticide labels
  • Safety considerations for landscape professionals

Pesticide applicator recertification credits are available:

2 CEUs in categories 21, 24, & 27

1 CEU for Private Applicators

3.25 CEUs for ISA Certified Arborists


When: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 from 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Where: Central Park Recreation Center, 2300 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming

Cost: $15 per person

Registration deadline: Sept. 30, 2015

More info: 770-887-2418

Master Gardener 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.


Take the 40 Gallon Challenge

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

2015-2016: 0

2014-2015: 2088

2013-2014: 2219

2012-2013: 1918

2011-2012: 816


Average Annual: 50.3"

2015 as of Sept. 7: 37.01"

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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