Brooks Lamb is the Program Associate & Special Assistant to the President at American Farmland Trust. He recently earned his master’s degree at Yale School of the Environment, where his award-winning work focused on understanding small and mid-sized farmers’ environmental stewardship in the face of systemic adversity. Through various professional and personal experiences — including his selection as a Truman Scholar — Brooks has nurtured a commitment to serving people and places. He is passionate about exploring the intersecting topics of land, farming, equity, virtues, justice, conservation, character, environmentalism, and more.
Beyond his vocational and educational involvements, Brooks is a writer. He is the author of Overton Park: A People’s History (Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2019), which he wrote as a student at Rhodes College. Earning praise from scholars, civic leaders, and citizens, the book uses oral history to tell the story of Memphis’s most beloved public space. Brooks currently has a second book manuscript, which explores farmers’ connections to place through in-depth interviews and other methods, under review at a press. He has also published multiple creative nonfiction essays, articles, reports, and op-eds.
Brooks grew up on a small farm in the rural community of Holt’s Corner, Tennessee. His family and the farm helped him cultivate a strong work ethic, an understanding of hope, and a commitment to community.