UGA Extension Office

Events & Classes

Farmers Markets

Buy fresh produce from your local farmers! Visit the websites for more information.

  • Norcross Lillian Webb Park, 5 College Street, Norcross.
  • Lilburn Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 1400 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn.
  • Snellville Snellville Towne Green, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville.
  • Suwanee Suwanee Town Square, 330 Town Center Avenue, Suwanee.

4-H Activities

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January

January 11, Noon - 1:00pm. Virtual: Soil Basics and Interpreting Georgia Soil Test Reports - Free. Healthy soil is the basis for healthy plants. Having a basic understanding of soil and it's role in a plants life cycle will help you have an attractive and healthy lawn and garden. This program provides an introduction to soil science and how to read a soil fertility report through UGA Extension. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. To register by January 10, contact Laura Tierney at laura.tierney@gwinnettcounty.com

January 12, 11:45 am to 12:50 pm. Virtual: Trend Diets - Free - The concern over weight gain and it's associated health effects can be stressful. This often leads people searching for quick and drastic changes. There are many trendy diets that promote quick weight loss, muscle gain, and an overall "fit look". With all the trendy diets being promoted, it is easy to have questions on what to eat and which diet plan to choose. During this program we will discuss the four trending diets that are toted to deliver quick and lasting results. To register by January 11, contact Ines Beltran at Inesb@uga.edu

January 24, 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Virtual: Vermicomposting! It's for the worms! - Free. Vermicomposting is meant to change the soils physical, chemical as well as biological properties. It positively impacts the soil structure, texture, and aeration through earthworm activities. If you want to expand your composting activities or are new to composting, learn all about this technique and how it can benefit your garden. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. To register by January 23, contact Laura Tierney at laura.tierney@gwinnettcounty.com

February

February 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Virtual: Chickens 101: Foundations for a Successful Backyard Flock. Free. Backyard chicken flocks for meat or egg production are a growing trend among rural, suburban and even urban dwellers. Learn proper coop set up, breed selection, and care of chickens, as well as urban myths and legends and even a few things experienced chicken owners wish they knew before owning birds. Dr. Casey Ritz from the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia is happy to share his knowledge of poultry and assist backyard flock owners with Q&A of their most pressing questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. To register by February 14 contact Laura Tierney at laura.tierney@gwinnettcounty.com

February 16, 11:45am -  12:50pm. Virtual: Reducing Your Risk of Heart Disease. Free. Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease (CVD), includes heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. During this lunch and learn we will discuss the major modifiable risk factors for heart disease that will help you to improve your health. To register by February 15, contact Ines Beltran at inesb@uga.edu

February 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Virtual: Proper Pruning Techniques. Free. Get your plants in shape! Gain some basic pruning knowledge and techniques that can help keep your shrubs and trees healthy and appealing. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. To register by February 27, contact Laura Tierney at laura.tierney@gwinnettcounty.com

March

March 8, 12:00pm - 1:00 pm. Virtual Lunch and Learn: Gardening on a Budget! . Free. Gardening brings people joy, but it can also save you money!  Inflation is high and food from the store has gotten expensive, it makes sense to grow your own food to help with expenses and so you know where it comes from.  Simple things like setting a budget, creating a garden plan and deciding what to plant and whether you want to garden year-round are as easy as 1-2-3!  Let Sarah Brodd, Dekalb County ANR Agent- UGA Extension, teach you how to create an awesome garden without breaking the bank. To register by March 7, contact Laura Tierney at laura.tierney@gwinnettcounty.com

March 9, 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Virtual Lunch and Learn: Coconut Oil Confusion. Free. Coconut oil has been in the health conversation quite a bit lately. Are you confused about what is true regarding coconut oil? During this lunch and learn, I am going to talk more about why coconut oil is believed to be healthy and separate the advertising claims from the research. To register by March 8, contact Ines Beltran at inesb@uga.edu

March 21, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Virtual: Georgia Green Landscape Stewards - #1 Composting at Home. Free. Start to earn your Green Landscape Stewards certification by educating yourself on the different components of the program starting with composting! Learn all about the basics of composing and how you can make a difference in the environment by starting your own compost project.  To register by March 20, contact Laura Tierney at laura.tierney@gwinnettcounty.com

April 

April 13, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Virtual: NEW! Zombie Insects & Other Creepy Things Parasites do in Nature. Free. Zombies are mostly fiction, or are they? Nature is sometimes stranger than fiction! Some parasites turn their hosts into the walking dead through mind control! Some parasites can alter the behavior of their host in ways that give the parasite a better home, provide food or cause the host to move to a different environment.   Learn about how creepy nature really can be! To register by April 12, contact Laura Tierney at laura.tierney@gwinnettcounty.com

April 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Virtual Lunch and Learn: Seven Ways to Control Your Blood Pressure. Free. During this lunch and learn, I will show you how to lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and other problems related to high blood pressure. To register by April 19, contact Ines Beltran at inesb@uga.edu

April 27, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Virtual: Georgia Green Landscape Stewards - #2 Invasive Plants in the Home Landscape. Free. Continue to earn your Green Landscape Stewards Certification by educating yourself on the different components of the program! The second video in the series talks about invasive plants in Georgia.  Invasive plants seem to creep into our landscape without us noticing.  Learn about some of the most noxious invasive plants in our landscape today and what you can do as a landscape steward to help slow their march through the ecosystem.  To register by April 26, contact Laura Tierney at laura.tierney@gwinnettcounty.com

May

May 4, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Virtual: Georgia Green Landscape Stewards - #3 Mulching in the Landscape. Free. Continue to earn your Green Landscape Stewards Certification by educating yourself on the different components of the program! The third video in the series talks about mulching in the landscape around your home.  Learn about the basics of mulching in your environment.  This presentation takes you through the benefits, different types of mulch, and talks about the proper and improper ways to use it.  To register by May 3, contact Laura Tierney at laura.tierney@gwinnettcounty.com

May 9, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Workshop Series: Pond Management 101 - Learn all about how to care for you pond! Free.Whether you are a new pond owner or veteran at aquatic biology, there is always something interesting to learn!  Wouldn’t you love to know more about how to manage the pond on your property? Learn about fish populations, including Boyd and Swingle Pond management basics, water testing, aquatic weed identification, seine hauling to sample fish populations and relative weight calculations (condition of the fish).  Steven Patrick, Agriculture & Natural Resources County Extension Coordinator for Habersham County UGA Extension shares his expertise on site at Ozora Lake in Tribble Mill Park with those who would like to get hands on with their aquatic ecosystem. To register by May 8, contact Laura Tierney at laura.tierney@gwinnettcounty.com  

May 11, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Virtual Lunch and Learn: Calcium, Bone Health & Osteoporosis - Introduction. Free. Bones are like a bank account where you deposit calcium and other minerals to build strong bones.  However, when your body needs calcium elsewhere, you withdraw calcium from bones. This lunch and learn will show you tips on how to build and keep strong bones for life. To register by May 10, contact Ines Beltran at inesb@uga.edu

May 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Workshop Series: Pruning Japanese Maples. Free.Japanese maples are some of the most attractive and valuable trees in our landscape, so if you have one, you definitely want to know how to properly care for it. It’s tempting to just start snipping with your pruners, but these trees are among the most difficult and complicated to prune of all trees. Let expert Jody Karlin, owner of Just Add Water’s Rare Plant Nursery in Conyers, GA educate you on proper equipment selection, pruning techniques, grafting and some additional propagating techniques for conifers, and then take a short walk through the Vines Park Asian Garden where he will showcase these pruning techniques on some of the resident Japanese Maples. To register by May 12, contact Laura Tierney at laura.tierney@gwinnettcounty.com