“Once-troubled teenager stays rooted with love of farming”

From The Olympian on April 28, 2013

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.

Gubbe, a diminutive 16-year-old with an engaging smile, mature demeanor and freckles splashed across the bridge of her nose, is enrolled in the GRuB program at Olympia High School. But she had grand plans for the South Bay farm even before she joined the GRuB summer program last year.

“I figured out last summer that I want to stay here forever,” she said during a garden tour last week. “GRuB has just kind of rocketed me forward.”