James Rockwell
40 Under 40, Class of 2022

James Rockwell


Mt. Cuba Center

Job Title

Greenhouse and Nursery Manager


  • For the past four years, has been leading development and design of new production facilities including building a new, energy neutral greenhouse range, head house and nursery growing areas.
  • Oversees plant production for the center’s conservation partner organizations — outside groups who have requests for native plant propagation — propagating small numbers of rare species for conservation organizations.


Teenage Milkman: In high school, James competed nationally in a dairy foods competition through the National Future Farmers of America. The competition included tasting for milk defects, judging milking units and real versus artificial dairy product identification.

Fun Facts

Podcast Pick: His favorite podcast is “Unlocking Us with Brené Brown.” He also likes her books “Dare to Lead” and “Atlas of the Heart.”

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