BATH, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is pleased to announce that the ribbon cutting for the new community park on Haverling Street in Bath will be held on Tuesday, November 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the site of the new dog park, teaching pavilion, and food garden. CCE Steuben raised over $15,680 for their FLXGives campaign in November 2021 – Betty’s Dream. Betty Langendorfer was a Master Gardener at CCE Steuben for many years. The Village of Bath placed the park on Betty’s former property along Haverling Street to include the dog park and a parking lot. CCE Steuben’s funds built a teaching pavilion, and a permaculture garden is planned for the spring of 2023.
The planned food forest garden project is a planting method that takes advantage of beneficial relationships between plants, resulting in a beautiful highly productive garden that doesn’t require a lot of space and is a virtually self-sustaining ecosystem. A food forest garden attracts beneficial insects, deters wildlife and repels pests, suppresses grass and weeds, and creates living mulch, compost and fertilizer among other benefits. The Haverling Street garden area will include a root zone planter where children will be able to look through the plexiglass exterior to observe the soil layers and see how roots grow. The teaching pavilion will be a place where Master Gardeners and 4-H members can learn about gardening.
For more information on this FLXGives project or other gardening topics, please contact CCE Steuben at 607-664-2300 or visit PutKnowledgeToWork.org.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County