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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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Why do I need a soil test?

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Georgia Pest Management Handbook

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

Walk Georgia

Spring 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 the Forsyth County Extension staff in a 12-week community-oriented fitness drive. Sign up now at

Not sure how to get started on a fitness plan? We'll show you with our Walk Georgia/ Big Peach Running Company

Run and Health Class

The Big Peach Running Company staff will inform you about core strength, flexibility, balance, and running form.

Where: Fowler Park Recreation Center Community Room, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, GA 30040

When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 6-6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

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

Fun, fitness, and prizes with both programs!

Low-Cost Rabies Shots and More

All dogs and cats are required to have annual rabies vaccinations. The vet clinic, Healthy Paws for a Cause, is offering a low-cost rabies clinic
for dogs and cats
on April 25th! Part of the proceeds will benefit Forsyth
County 4-H. Just stop in at any time from 10 am—1 pm with your dog
and/or cat to help raise money for 4-H. Other vaccines and services are also available. See the flier for full details.

Where: Healthy Paws for a Cause, 332 Dahlonega Street, Cumming, GA 30040

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: Prices vary by service. See flier for full details.

National Stewardship Week April 26-May 3, 2015

Pollinators are the focus of the 60th annual observation of National Association of Conservations Stewardship Week. Learn more about pollinators and what you can do to help them thrive:

Beyond Butterflies: Gardening for Native Pollinators

Bee Conservation in the Southeast

Georgia Backyard Poultry Academy -- coming in June!

Learn from UGA poultry scientists and Extension specialists what you need to know about selecting the right chickens for your backyard or small-scale production flock, as well as how to keep them healthy and productive. Topics and tentative schedule:

  • Housing, equipment, and flock management, Thursday, June 4, 2015, 7-9 p.m.
  • Nutrition for ages, stages, and types of production, Thursday, June 11, 2015, 7-9 p.m.
  • Diseases and disease prevention, Thursday, June 18, 2015, 7-9 p.m.
  • Breeds and breed characteristics, Thursday, June 25, 2015, 7-9 p.m.

Check back for additional details and registration information!

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 14: 15.19"

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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