Help us build a pavilion for gardeners and educators across our community!
Betty Langendorfer was a long time and beloved Master Gardener for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Steuben and Chemung Counties. When Betty passed away in 2018 at the age of 93 she gave a two acre plot of land on Haverling Street to the village of Bath. This property is currently being designed as a multi-use area for the community. The village is planning to put in a parking lot and a dog park.
CCE Steuben sees the opportunity for part of this land to become a gardening educational area similar to the Mossy Bank Park. Our agriculture program has designed a permaculture garden for the space that uses the techniques and practices that combine the best of wildlife gardening, edible landscaping and native plant cultivation into one low-maintenance, self-contained and productive ecosystem.
Our project this year aims to build a pavilion on the land that can become a teaching area for the community. Master Gardeners can use the space for training, 4-H youth can use it for their Spring Garden Meeting and gardening projects, and the community can use it for K-9 dog demonstrations and other community workshops.
Betty’s son says she would love her land created into a gardening project such as this. Betty was the first member of her family to receive a college education - her B.S. Degree from Cornell University. She earned a certification as one of the very first occupational therapists in the country, which brought her to Bath and the Bath VA Center. She met her husband, John, in Bath and they were married for 47 years and raised a large and rambunctious family of 8 children.
Betty enjoyed numerous volunteer activities that provided decades of service to St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, the American Red Cross, the Shade Tree Committee in the Town of Bath, and as a Master Gardener for Cooperative Extension. You could often see her at our Plant Sale or manning the hotline for gardening questions each spring as the planting season opened.
Our goal is to begin with a small spiral garden filled with herbs. CCE Steuben has almost two dozen Master Gardeners who can pitch in to care for the plot and our hope is to have the space evolve to a community garden. Future expansion can be envisioned to include a perennial food forest garden, edible plants, teaching horticulture, and Cornell Vegetable trial Gardens.
The permanent pavilion on the site would provide a comfortable area for the staging of numerous programs. Other entities are cooperating in our project by providing concrete for the base of the pavilion, providing water and electricity to the site, tables and chairs for the educational area, and some of the permaculture design.
The future of Bath depends on community involvement, and Betty’s Dream is a beautiful and productive way to build community atmosphere and share the harvested bounty and learn from one another.
Last updated November 17, 2021