Grant McCarty - U of I Extension

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Grant McCarty
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Grant McCarty

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

Expert in: organic production, high tunnel management, season extension, cover crops, soils and soil nutrient management

Grant McCarty works with commercial and backyard growers and producers by providing resources in fruit and vegetable production. His area of expertise includes soils management, hops production, organic/sustainable crop production, alternative crops, and general fruit and vegetable production. He further assists stakeholders within the local food system in helping them to expand their operation, adopt new practices, and/or better manage their current production.


Originally from East Tennessee, 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. 



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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