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: 

Food Preservation Classes 

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.

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

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.

Green Cleaning

Home Mainteneance and Safety

click here for 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 .

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