Family & Consumer Sciences
UGA Family and Consumer Sciences Extension programs place non-biased, research-based information at your fingertips. County agents and specialists throughout the state provide cutting edge knowledge on many topics, including home food preservation, parenting, personal financial management, and healthy eating habits.
Why is the work of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Extension Agents so important?
A healthy and productive worker, family or consumer depends on a variety of factors from food, child care and shelter to interpersonal relationships and budgeting. FACS Extension Agents and Specialists have the educational background, skills and knowledge to assist workers in meeting their basic needs.
What do Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Extension Agents offer to all consumers?
FACS Extension Agents provide education in the community and the workplace on critical issues to all Georgians. Educational topics include:
- Financial Security and Economic Well-Being
- Foodborne Illness Prevention
- Housing and Environmental Health and Safety
- Child Care, Youth, and Family Development
- Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
FACS Agents provide educational opportunities that contain practical, research-based information to help consumers lead more productive lives.
The information offered by FACS agents, as well as others in Cooperative Extension, is provided by researchers at The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and other universities across our nation. Business, consumers and community representatives in each county identify the critical issues that Extension should address and guide the planning and delivery of these programs, some of which we can deliver in Spanish.
Fresh & Local Forsyth Recipes
Randy Gazaway is fully stocked with his locally grown pork cuts and beef cuts. They can be purchased at the Gazaway Farm, 6112 Franklin Goldmine Road, Cumming, GA. Call 770-843-2485 before you go to make sure someone is there to help you.
Strawberry picking has begun at Warbington Farms. I had a chance to sample some on Monday. Delicious! Check out their Facebook page for hours and special events, or call 770-889-1515.
If you’re curious about what other local foods are available, drop by The Cumming Harvest on Saturday morning to see what local growers and food craftsmen have to offer. The Cumming Harvest is located at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit at 724 Pilgrim Mill Rd Cumming, GA 30040, and is open from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. You can also view weekly offerings on the website.
Sautéed Green Beans
Ingredients 1.5 pounds green beans, rinsed, trimmed, and cut diagonally into 1.5 inch pieces 1 tablespoon olive oil Coarse salt and ground pepper to taste Directions
1. Blanch beans in boiling, salted water, uncovered, until crisp-tender, about 1 to 2 minutes. Immediately plunge beans into a bowl of ice and cold water. Drain beans in a colander.
2. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté beans, stirring, until just tender and starting to brown (about 2-3 minutes).
Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
Family & Consumer Sciences
Extension Specialists from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at UGA prepare a wide variety of publications for educating Georgians. Tips on parenting, meal preparation, financial management, owning a home, and much more are accessible through their website. Access the publication list.
A great resource for all your questions about home food preservation. From canning tomatoes to freezing casseroles, this site will give you the latest USDA recommendations to keep your family safe and your food delicious! Below is a sample of the publications available through the website.
- Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products
- Preserving Jams and Jellies
- Freezing Prepared Foods
- Drying Fruits and Vegetables
- Pickled Products
So Easy to Preserve
The latest edition of the UGA food preservation instructional recipe guide is now available for purchase at our office. The cost is $18. The book includes sections on Canning, Pickling, Jelly making, Freezing, and Drying foods.
- Cleaning Healthy, Cleaning Green: Green Cleaning Series
- Green Cleaning: Recipes for a Healthy Home
- Leave it at the Door
- Home Maintenance Checklist
Senior Sense Newsletter
SENIOR SENSE is a quarterly publication specifically for the educational needs of older Georgians. It is prepared by Extension Specialists at The University of Georgia, College of Family & Consumer Sciences.
Diabetes Life Lines Newsletter
Diabetes Life Lines is a bi-monthly publication written by Food and Nutrition Specialists at The University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences. This newsletter brings you the latest information on diabetes, nutrition, the diabetic exchange system, recipes, and important events.
Here are some of UGA Extension's most popular resources on family, food, health, home, and money.
Andress Honored link Georgia FCS teachers honor leader of UGA's statewide home food processing and preservation program.
Flu Prevention link A healthy diet can also protect against the flu. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat and runny nose.
Tax Help link UGA Cooperative Extension offices offer tax help in more counties this February and March.