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.

Our Mission 

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 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.

Forsyth County Extension News & Events:

Fall Gardening & Seed Propagation Workshop 

2016 Cumming Country Fair Baking and Canning Contest Entry Form and Rules 

2016 Forestry Judging Flyer

2016 Fall ANR Library Lecture Classes:

Healthy Backyard Flocks through Winter

Tuesday September 6, 2016-Hampton Park Library 7 p.m.

Foodscaping-Wednesday September 7, 2016-Cumming Library 2 p.m.

Foodscaping-Friday September 9, 2016-Sharon Forks Library, time to be announced.

Composting & Soil Biology-Thursday September 15, 2016 - Sharon Forks Library, 7 p.m.

Topic and Time to be announced-Friday September 16, 2016-Hampton Park Library

Topic to be announced-Saturday September 24, 2016-Post Road Library, 2 p.m. 

To register and for more information, please contact the Library that the class is being held in.   

Summer Library Series:

Back to School Lunches

Many children in the United States take packed lunches to school.  Make sure your child is eating a terrifically nutritious and delicious meal to keep his mind sharp!   Learn to liven up that lunch box so your child’s lunch doesn’t end up in the trash can! 

Post Road Library 5010 Post Rd               

Monday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Sharon Forks Library 2820 Old Atlanta Rd           

Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m.

2016 Chattanooga Adventure



The Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting June 1, 2016, from 6:30am until the vendors sell out.  It is being held at the Cumming Fairgrounds Parking Lot at 235 Castleberry Road in Cumming.    Connect with them on Facebook.

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: 1,235 as of Feb. 25, 2016

2014-2015: 2088

2013-2014: 2219

2012-2013: 1918

2011-2012: 816


Average Annual: 58.63"

2016 as of Feb. 25: 10.9"

2015: 69.34"

2014: 47.71 "

2013: 76.19"

2012: 41.91"

2011: 44.96"




      Have Questions? Need Help?

  The Forsyth County Extension Office is here to serve you.

Contact Us. 

Extension Publications

  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016)
  • Published 6/29/2016
  • Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
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  • Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987)
  • Published 5/23/2016
  • This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines for Georgia. It is not our intent to describe all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. Rare or endangered species are not described. Information on each plant is provided according to the following categories: Common Name(s)/Botanical Name/Family, Characteristics, Landscape Uses, Size, Zones and Habitat.
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  • Vegetable Garden Calendar (C 943)
  • Published 5/25/2016
  • The recommendations in this circular are based on long-term average dates of the last killing frost in the spring and first killing frost in the fall. Every year does not conform to the "average," so you should use your own judgment about advancing or delaying the time for each job, depending on weather conditions.
  • Read More

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Extension News

  • Dryland Peanuts
  • Published 7/21/2016 by Clint Thompson
  • UGA Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort cautions farmers about applying treatments to dryland crop during drought.
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  • Peach Research
  • Published 7/21/2016 by Sharon Dowdy
  • UGA researchers breed consumers' likes into future peach varieties.
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  • Beginning Farmers Training
  • Published 7/21/2016 by Merritt Melancon
  • Low-cost farm business, small-fruit production and small ruminant training offered this fall across Georgia.
  • Read More

Have Questions? Need Help?

The Forsyth County Extension Office is here to serve you.

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Buy discounted tickets to Six Flags and support 4-H! Below is the link where you log in and get your tickets. Also below is the necessary username and password.  General Admission for adults now through the beginning of October would be 34.99 which saves about 10-15 dollars.  

Username: Forsyth4HOG

Password: SixFlags10

Website: https://shop.sixflags.com/clients/sixflags/affiliate/index.php?m=31357


Extension Newsletter

This monthly newsletter offers information about prgrams currently happening in Forsyth County Extension. Check out the current issue at the beginning of every month!

2016 June Extension Newsletter 

2016 May Extension Newsletter




Sharon Machek            

Forsyth County Secretary

Forsyth County 
Northwest District

Contact Information
Email: uge1117@uga.edu 
Phone: 770-887-2418 
Fax: 770-887-2403  







Beverly Adams

Forsyth County Secretary

Forsyth County 
Northwest District

Contact Information
Email: baadams@forsythco.com 
Phone: 770-887-2418 
Fax: 770-887-2403