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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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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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Soil tests

Why do I need a soil test?

Water tests

How to test
your water

Radon test

Georgia Pest Management Handbook

USDA Interactive Plant Hardiness Zone Map

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

Seed Propagation Workshop

Save money and expand your vegetable and flower garden plant choices. Join Forsyth County Extension agent Heather Kolich in a hands-on workshop to learn how, where, and when to grow seeds for flower beds, vegetable gardens, and container displays. Participants will practice planting seeds in a take-home propagation container.

When: Thursday, February 18, 2016

Time: 9-11 a.m.

Where: Coal Mountain Park Community Building, 3560 Settingdown Road, Cumming, 30040

Cost: $10 per person

Register by February 12, 2016

Master Gardener Extension Volunteer training

The 2016 Forsyth County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer training course is full. The next Forsyth County MGEV training course is planned for January-March 2018. You can learn more about the program here.

Master Naturalist Extension Volunteer training

The next Forsyth County Master Naturalist Extension Volunteer training course will be offered April-May 2017.

Annual Reports

2014 UGA Extension Forsyth County Annual Report

2013 UGA Extension Forsyth County Annual Report

Read about some of our important programs and accomplishments.


Take the 40 Gallon Challenge


CDC, UGA recommend annual testing for well water

Kissing bugs not public health concern in Georgia

Avian Influenza: Are my birds at risk?

Avian Influenza: How does it affect you?


February 2016 -- Fruit tree care, pond and lawn chores, grass tetany & avian influenze alerts

January 2016 -- Early blooming plants, selecting seeds, transplanting poinsettias, GATE card renewals, UGA scholarships

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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

2015-2016: 978 as of Feb. 7, 2016

2014-2015: 2088

2013-2014: 2219

2012-2013: 1918

2011-2012: 816


Average Annual: 58.63"

2016 as of Feb. 7: 7.15"

2015: 69.34"

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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