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Grant McCarty

Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms

University of Illinois Extension
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 consumers, homeowners, and growers/producers. His area of focus include soil management, Hops production, organic fruit and vegetable 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. 


Program Offerings:

Organic Production 

General Fruit and Vegetable Production 

Hops Production

Soil Health and Nutrient Management 


Backyard Cover Crops

Mushroom Production

Backyard Grains