< Back to Oral History project: Southern Grains
When Billy Carter graduated from North Carolina State University in 1983 with a horticulture degree, he returned to his native Eagle Springs, North Carolina, to farm. He gradually incorporated organic practices alongside conventional farming methods to cultivate tobacco, produce, and wheat.
When Billy Carter planted his first crop of red winter wheat, it was simply a way of growing a cold weather organic crop. Here in the village of Eagle Springs, he plants about 200 acres of sandy soil in red winter wheat and sends about 4,000 bushels of the crop each year to millers around North Carolina.