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:

September 2016 4-H Calendar 

2016-2017 4-H Activity List 

New Private Well Chemical Test

Upon the recommendation by the Georgia Department of Public Health (GADPH), the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories (AESL) has added a new test package called the “Private Well Chemical Test” (W33C).  This test package (W33C) includes W2 - expanded water test, W32 - total nitrate + nitrite, and W42(2 elements)- lead + arsenic.  The cost of W33C test package is $122 per sample. To complete all analyses, the laboratory requires one (1) quart or 32 oz. sample volume. 

According to the GADPH, the new W33C test package will provide important information about the quality of well water and will guide private well owners to make appropriate decision should remediation is determined to be necessary. The GADPH is conducting public education programs to disseminate this new test package and is advising interested well owners to submit water samples through their local UGA Extension office. 

The AESL has developed a new sample submission form specific for W33C along with sample collection and submission protocol. Please click on the link below: 


2016 Order Form Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Fall Plant Sale 

Press Release

September 2, 2016

Barbara Worley – FACS Agent UGA Extension 

Food Preservation Class

University of Georgia Extension in Forsyth County will be offering a six-week hands on food preservation course at The Place of Forsyth beginning October 3rd from 10:00am until 12:30pm.  This six-week course will cover topics including boiling water canning, making jam, freezing, drying, pickling, and pressure canning.  Registration is $75 and space is limited. Registration form and more information. Contact UGA Extension at uge1117@uga.edu or call  770-887-2418 if you need further assistance.

If you are a 4-Her interested in having a display at the Cumming Fair in the Extension Booth, please click on the poster display application for more details. They are due September 23, 2016.

If you are a certified teen leader in 9th-12th grade, then you can apply to be a teen instructor for Junior Conference.  Please click here for the online application. Please note this is very competitive and the deadline is Sept 28th!

2016 Junior Conference Flyer

2016 Weekend in the Classic City Flyer 

2016 4-H Holiday Card Contest

2016 4-H County Shirt Order Form 

2016 Forsyth County Extension Hay Contest Rules & Entry Form 

2016 Fall Library Lecture Series with UGA Extension Agent Heather Kolich: Farming in Miniature: Have your yard and eat it, too!

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


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"



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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 September Extension Newsletter 

2016 August Extension Newsletter 

2016 June Extension Newsletter

2016 May Extension Newsletter


      Have Questions? Need Help?

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Extension Publications

  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016)
  • Published 9/2/2016
  • 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 9/19/2016
  • 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

  • To Overseed or Not?
  • Published 9/22/2016 by Robert Speir
  • Drivers search for fuel while farmers work to grow "fuel" for livestock.
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  • Save Seeds
  • Published 9/22/2016 by Joshua Fuder
  • By saving seeds, gardeners can save money and grow the same fruit their ancestors did.
  • Read More

  • Perfect Companion
  • Published 9/22/2016 by Norman Winter
  • When added to combination plantings, 'Everillo' sedge is mesmerizing.
  • Read More


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