University of Illinois Extension

Grant McCarty
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
Jo Daviess/Stephenson/Winnebago Unit
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-232-9006

Grant McCarty received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Maryville College in 2008 and a Master of Science in Plant Sciences from University of Tennessee in 2012. His graduate project involved research to find a sustainable alternative to Methyl Bromide in bell pepper and tomato production. 

Originally from East Tennessee, he works in local foods education for both consumers, homeowners, and growers/producers. His area of focus include soil management, Hops production, organic fruit and vegetable production, organic production, local food systems development, disease/insect management, and farmers market and direct marketing channels. During the year, he provides consultation and assistance to area growers and producers related to their management practices. 

Grant McCarty can be reached at University of Illinois Extension by calling 815-986-4357.  More information about Extension programs and resources can be found on the web at

Program Offerings:

Organic Production 

General Fruit and Vegetable Production 

Hops Production

Soil Health and Nutrient Management 


Backyard Cover Crops

Mushroom Production

Backyard Grains




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