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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Billy Carter


Carter Farms

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, cultivating 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 on the land that he would plant in spring tobacco. 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.

Date of interview:
2018-02-22

Interviewer:
Kate Medley

Photographer:
Kate Medley

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