Once-troubled teenager stays rooted with love of farming

By John Dodge

Katie Gubbe has big dreams and a chosen path that begins and ends on an a beautiful, abandoned dairy farm in South Bay.

Today, she has just a toehold on the old Point Meyer Farm, a 94-acre spread with million-dollar views of the entire length of Henderson Inlet and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Her grandparents live as caretakers on the property owned by Washington State University, and Katie spends a lot of time there, building gardens, tending to her chickens and dreaming of the day when the property is a full-fledged organic farm and outdoor classroom modeled after the Garden-Raised Bounty school program for at-risk youths.