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Canada: 1984 film – ‘My Urban Garden’ – Filmed in Halifax

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“As relevant today as it was when it was made.” Mike

By Polly Bennell, Director
National Film Board
1984 | 26 min

(Must See. Mike – City Farmer was consulted on this film in the early 1980’s)


In this short film, Halifax gardener Carol Bowlby harvests a mouth-watering crop from her small backyard plot. In considering soil quality, lack of space and a short growing season challenges rather than obstacles, she offers a wealth of practical growing tips for urban gardeners. By heeding Bowlby’s advice, bountiful organic gardens work equally well on apartment balconies, in small or large city lots or in a rural setting.

My Urban Garden Won: Red Ribbon Award – Category: Continuing Education
Itinerant – American Film and Video Festival
June 18 to 23 1987, New York – USA

Independent Filmmaker
Company Name: Polly Bennell Productions
Dates Employed 1990 – 2009, Employment Duration 19 yrs
Films currently in national or international distribution include:
Helen Nearing: Conscious Living/Conscious Dying (available through, Northeast Historic Film or Bullfrog Films),
My Urban Garden,
The Last Log Drive,
(available through the National Film Board of Canada),
A Fighting Chance: Self-Defense for Women (available from the filmmaker at, Rails and Trails: Visions for Maine’s Future,& available through Portland Trails.

Link to NFB here.

Polly Bennell, Director here.


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