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

On Aug. 23, 2019, students at Colham Ferry Elementary School participated in the state's first-ever pollinator census. On Dec. 1, the Great Georgia Pollinator Census will become the Great Southeast Pollinator Census, expanding to include both South Carolina and North Carolina in the citizen science research project. CAES News
Great Pollinator Census expands to include neighboring states
Widening interest in efforts to support pollinators has led to a name change for the Great Georgia Pollinator Census, which will become the Great Southeast Pollinator Census on Dec. 1. The census began as a statewide community science initiative in Georgia in August 2019, created and coordinated by Becky Griffin, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension community and school garden coordinator.
Many common houseplants and landscape plants are toxic to pets if ingested. If your pet gets ahold of something you think may be poisonous and begins exhibiting concerning symptoms, call your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. CAES News
These 25+ plants are toxic to pets
Every pet owner has probably asked their pet “What do you have in your mouth?!” at least once or twice — it’s an essential part of pet ownership. That’s why responsible pet ownership also includes knowing what houseplants or common flowers may be dangerous — or even fatal — to your pets.
UGA Extension's new Master Forager program is now open for registrants in the Griffin, Georgia, area. CAES News
Train to become a Master Forager through UGA Extension
The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s novel Master Forager program has spots available for curious Georgians interested in learning how to safely harvest and use herbs, fungi and more. The first class for the program, which begins Aug. 24, will be held at the UGA Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Georgia.