UGA Extension Office

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.

Upcoming Events: 

Right Bite Diabetes Cooking School 

When is Georgia Produce in Season?

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.


UGA Extension

Forsyth County:
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 websiteAccess the publication list.

Food Preservation

The National Center for Home Food Preservation

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. 

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.  

Green Cleaning

Access more publications on home maintenance and safety.

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.

Senior Sense Newsletters

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.

Diabetes Life Lines and information .

Here are some of UGA Extension's most popular resources on family, food, health, home, and money.

Walk Georgia A web-based fitness program dedicated to helping you track your activity, eat healthier, and exercise more efficiently. Participate individually or with a group.
Start a New Food Business A collection of resources to help you get started with your small food business.
Food Talk Eat healthy and get moving on a budget. Find free online nutrition education courses, recipes, and other resources.
Marriage Matters Series Looking for ways to strengthen your relationship? Whether you have just started dating, have been married for a while, or have been married more than once, we can always use some guidance in developing and maintaining a healthy and satisfying relationship.
Childcare Provider Training Entity-approved training to help child care providers meet state licensing requirements. Check the calendar for training events near you.
Your Good Credit Series Establishing, maintaining, and protecting Your Good Credit can save you thousands of dollars over time. This series will teach you the basics of credit reports and scores.
So Easy to Preserve This book covers topics on preserving food, canning, pickled products, sweet spreads and syrups, freezing and drying. Available for purchase only.
Eat Healthy, Be Active A flexible 3-week schedule of hands-on activities meant to improve young children's health and well-being by teaching key nutrition and physical activity concepts.
Radon Education Radon is a colorless, tasteless odorless gas that can cause lung cancer. It occurs naturally and is released into the soil, easily entering buildings through the foundation. The only way to know if you have radon is to test.
Building Baby's Brain Series What happens during a child's first few years makes a big difference in the child's later life. This series helps parents learn strategies to improve early brain development.
Extension News
  • Andress Honored link Georgia FCS teachers honor leader of UGA's statewide home food processing and preservation program. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 2/19/2018
  • Flu Prevention link A healthy diet can also protect against the flu. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat and runny nose. By Sharon Dowdy, Julie Jernigan | Published: 2/15/2018
  • Tax Help link UGA Cooperative Extension offices offer tax help in more counties this February and March. By Sharon Dowdy, Julie Jernigan, Merritt Melancon | Published: 1/31/2018
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