Juice grape grower honored for service
Grape grower William Grabemeyer received a distinguished service award from the Michigan State Horticultural Society during the awards banquet at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo in Grand Rapids, December 7.
Grabemeyer is most noted as a juice grape grower, but he is part of a diversified, 2,500-acre family farm that also raises field crops, vegetables, and apples. The farm’s grapes are sold through the National Grape Cooperative and become Welch’s grape products.
Grabemeyer’s farm near Dowagiac is in its 151st year in the Grabemeyer family. He was a director of the Michigan Grape Society and currently works with its winter and summer viticultural educational programs. He served on the Michigan State Horticultural Society’s board and was president in 2001, the year the hort society and the Michigan Vegetable Council combined their efforts to create the Great Lakes Expo. He chairs the hort society’s scholarship program.