Michael Stokes was born and raised in the farming business. A third-generation agri-businessman, Stokes began farming at the age of 18 when he worked for his parents. He and his brother, Bill, then ventured out on their own.
Today, he is the owner of Stokes Brothers Farms, Stokely Orchards, S&L Vineyards, Stokes and Lombardi Farms, and Benson Ferry Farms. His ventures include wine grapes, cherries, apples and alfalfa hay. He employs many youth in the community and believes it is important to keep them involved.