Brooks Lamb is the Land Protection & Access Specialist at American Farmland Trust. He earned his master’s degree at Yale School of the Environment, where his award-winning work focused on understanding small and mid-sized farmers’ 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, virtues, justice, conservation, character, community, 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, which explores farmers’ connections to place through in-depth interviews and other methods, forthcoming with Yale University Press. He has also published many essays, articles, reports, poems, and op-eds.
Brooks grew up on a small farm in rural Tennessee. His family and the farm helped him cultivate a strong work ethic, an understanding of hope, and a commitment to community.