Brown is a corn farmer. In the comic The Journey Begins, Roland also tells Brown of a story about before reaching the desert.
He is visited by a salesman, named Pappa Doc, occasionally who sells him beans. Brown has a well on his land.
Roland was given corns and water from Brown as he was passing by. He also paid for some beans. Brown kept Roland's dead mule, which it died while the gunslinger was sleeping) and, when Roland was leaving, Brown promised to bury it. When Roland takes a last look back at Brown's house, he was working hard with his shovel, digging a hole.