Urban Programs

Community and school gardens

Extension resources can help you learn how to start and maintain a community or school garden, from planning and building the garden itself to choosing what to plant and how to grow it successfully to properly caring for garden tools. Read our community and school gardens publications or visit the School Garden Resources website.

Protecting pollinators

Without pollinators like hummingbirds, bees, ants, butterflies, wasps, and many others, our favorite fruits and vegetables would never make it to our tables. Pollinator populations are decreasing. Research from UGA is helping to identify not only the reasons behind the decline, but also what homeowners can do to help them. Learn more about protecting pollinators.

Controlling pests

UGA Extension provides resources to keep people and their homes safe from the pests that prey on them, and to help create clean and healthy human environments. See available pest-related programs, services and resources.

Home gardening

Interest in home gardening continues to grow as people realize the nutritional and economic benefits of home-grown produce Learn how to augment your family's food selection right from your own backyard. View our fruits and vegetables information.

Lawn care and landscaping

UGA Extension provides advice about caring for and protecting lawns and landscapes from pests and disease, and helps both homeowners and lawn care professionals ensure that their grass is always greener. Learn more about lawn care and landscaping or read our lawn and garden publications.


The Center for Urban Agriculture in Griffin, Georgia, provides intellectual leadership through research, teaching and Extension to sustain urban ecosystems, enhance economic development and improve the quality of life in urban settings.

Urban programs and events, trainings, certification opportunities and support from UGA Cooperative Extension agents is provided through the center in order to improve agriculture's impact in urban areas.

Center for Urban Agriculture

Urban Ag News

From left, the 2022 UGA-Griffin Classified Employee Award nominees include Clay Bennett of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Melissa Slaughter of the Center for Food Safety, Darrin Buice of Field Research Services, Ashley Biles of the Assistant Provost and Campus Director’s Office, Brett Byous of the Department of Entomology, Kimberly Allen of the Center for Urban Agriculture, Donna Kent of the Plant Genetics Resources Conservation Unit and Ree Rosser of the Facilities Management Division. CAES News
UGA Griffin campus honors 2022 Classified Employees of the Year
The University of Georgia Griffin campus recently named Ashley Biles and Clary “Ree” Rosser as the 2022 Classified Employees of the Year at the 33rd Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony.
UGA-Griffin is working with industry to build irrigation demonstration plots that will display ways to handle water-related issues in landscapes, hardscapes and irrigation. Breaking ground on the site are, from left, Dan Suiter, faculty advisory chairman for the Center for Urban Agriculture; Greg Huber, training coordinator for the Center for Urban Agriculture; Rolando Orellana, urban wasterwater management agent for the Center for Urban Agriculture; David Buntin, interim assistant provost and campus director for UGA-Griffin; and Reid Garner, sales manager at Hunter Industries. CAES News
UGA-Griffin breaks ground on site to showcase new irrigation technologies
Industry professionals, homeowners and researchers will soon be able to get a firsthand look at new irrigation technologies in action at a demonstration irrigation site being constructed on the University of Georgia’s Griffin campus.
Plant selection and landscape maintenance play a critical role in pollinator populations, particularly as land use shifts to urban landscapes. Rooftop gardens, like this one on the UGA Geology Building, can provide needed resources for insects. CAES News
Conserving pollinators in urban landscapes
Urban landscapes have become a focus in pollinator conservation. Practices in urban plant selection and landscape maintenance play a critical role in pollinator populations and the preservation of essential ecosystem services.