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Forsyth County Extension, 4-H and NRCS open house a huge success

The entire staff here at the Forsyth County Extension Office/4-H as well as Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) staff would like to thank the community for the great turnout and support we had for our open house.  

We had a wonderful turnout of more than 90 enthusiastic stakeholders from the community — both adults and youth.  I’m confident that everyone who participated — clients, volunteers and staff — learned something new and gained a better understanding of Extension program areas, NRCS, and how we all work together to support overlapping objectives. Without the support of the community and our volunteers we wouldn’t be the organization we are today. 

• Please join Barbara Worley FACS Agent as she will demonstrate how to use your electronic programmable pressure cookers safely, she will go over food safety concerns, and share some great tips and delicious quick recipes. The event is from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Forsyth County Extension office classroom, 5110 Piney Grove Road, Cumming, GA 30040. To register, email or call 770-887-2418.  

• The Deadly Garden will be from 7-8:30 p.m Oct. 17. Save the date for this fun and informative evening. Our special guest speaker, Poison Ivy, Mistress of the Dirt, will discuss poisonous plants and other ghoulish garden dangers. 

Where: Forsyth County Extension Office Classroom; 5110 Piney Grove Road, Cumming, GA 30040.  Bring a canned good or other shelf-stable food for our food drive to help at-risk populations in Forsyth County. Family-friendly costume encouraged, but optional. To register, call 770-887-2418 or email to save your seat.

• Oct. 15-17, is the Sunbelt AG Expo in Moultrie. 

Plans for the annual trip to the Sunbelt AG Expo in Moultrie are being finalized. Transportation will be provided by a chartered bus (sponsored by Chestatee Chattahoochee RC&D) and will depart from the White County Tractor Supply located at 868 South Main St. Cleveland, GA 30528 at 5 a.m. Oct. 15.  

Return time should be around 11 p.m. Please contact Kim at the Chestatee Chattahoochee RC&D Office at 706-894-1591 by Sept. 27 to reserve your space for the bus trip. Seating is limited and reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

• 4-H is hosting their annual public speaking project called County Project Achievement next month. 4-H’ers get to choose any topic to share a 3- to 5-minute demonstration. 

Demonstrations should include a speech and a poster. 

• 4-H staff will sort presenters into a category based on their speech topics. The first-, second- and third-place winners of each category at County Project Achievement will be able to advance to District Project Achievement on Nov. 2. 

At DPA, 4-H’ers will travel by bus to Rock Eagle 4-H Center where they will compete against other 4-H’ers from across north Georgia who have qualified in their own county competitions.

There is no cost for the competition or trip thanks to funding from the United Way of Forsyth County. Contact Jack Lowery at You can sign up online through the upcoming events page of our website. Just look for the sign-up link under County Project Achievement. Please sign-up no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 11. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 16 at Shiloh Point Elementary and there is no cost to participate.

Beverly Adams is the Agriculture and Natural Resources program assistant for the Extension Forsyth County.