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Love for the Land: Lessons from Farmers Who Persist in Place

Love for the Land is a moving exploration of presence and place told through the stories of small and midsized farmers who tend their land in the face of overwhelming adversity. These farmers refuse to “get big,” and they won’t “get out.” Why? And what can they teach us?

Join us as the book’s author, Brooks Lamb (YSE ‘21), sits in conversation with Vincent Stanley (CBEY resident fellow and Director of Philosophy at Patagonia) to explore the power and potential of people-place relationships. Drawing on his own farming roots and the writings of Wendell Berry, Lamb cultivated honest, trusting connections with the farmers he interviewed for the book, yielding raw and powerful insights.

Time and again, their stories and experiences reveal that connections to and affection for place encourage people to live and act as devoted caretakers, despite the difficult and complex issues they struggle with…including farmland loss from suburban sprawl, rampant agricultural consolidation, and, for farmers of color, racial injustice. Love for the Land reckons with the harsh realities that these farmers face—and then shows us how the virtues of love and fidelity sustain their stewardship. Whether we live on farms or in small towns, suburbs, or big cities, Love for the Land shows us a path toward better care for people, places, and the planet.

Indy Burke, Dean at the Yale School of the Environment, will open this important and dynamic conversation.

This event is part of our Author Talk series - check it out and watch past webinars!


Brooks Lamb

Land Protection & Access Specialist at American Farmland Trust
MESc 2021

Vincent Stanley

Director of Philosophy at Patagonia
Resident Fellow at Yale Center for Business and the Environment