Young farmers thrilled to be launching a business
By Martha Hoffman Kerestes
Leeds, Maine — A 350-acre former dairy farm will have cows again, thanks to Haden Gooch and Katie Gualtieri. Just owning the land is something they find hard to wrap their minds around.
“I never thought we could have our own farm,” Haden says.
The road to farm ownership and dairying has been a long one, with years of working on different farms and learning the many facets of raising livestock.
Neither of them grew up on a farm. Haden’s grandfather had a beef operation that he visited but never really worked on. Both Haden and Katie were interested in agriculture, though.