Home & Living

For more than 100 years, Cooperative Extension has impacted homes and families with resources from land-grant universities on how to live a better life.

As UGA Extension agents began helping men and youth with farm demonstration work, the need became evident to also give guidance and education to homemakers. Home demonstration agents provided information on numerous topics including cooking, canning, childcare, sewing and gardening. Groups of women formed clubs around specific topics, with canning being the most popular.

With a changing society, home demonstration work later shifted to family and consumer sciences to meet the needs of clients who now include parents, guardians, youth and businesses. Although canning and food preservation remains relevant today, new focuses on family development, financial planning and healthy living have been incorporated into resources and training.

Additionally, UGA Extension adminsters EFNEP (the Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program). EFNEP agents provide Georgians a variety of tools and ideas to help families cut food costs and provide healthy meals and snacks for family members.