But now she tends a registered Climate Victory Garden.
Last year, she saw an online ad for the Climate Victory Garden initiative developed by Green America, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.
By 1944, nearly 20 million Americans had answered the call, planting gardens that produced 8 million tons of food that year alone.
"We wanted a campaign that addressed the climate issue—using gardens as part of the solution," said Jillian Semaan, food campaign director for Green America.
The initiative offers gardeners a tool kit with step-by-step instructions for planting a Climate Victory Garden and 10 carbon-capturing practices.
Yard To Table McDonnell-Forney, a Hennepin County Master Gardener, was already growing fruits, vegetables and herbs at her home long before registering as a Climate Victory Garden.
As an experienced gardener, McDonnell-Forney views the Climate Victory Garden initiative as "permaculture lite—easily digestible stuff."