Homegrown terms

We define types of lots, structures and farming techniques. This includes community gardens, hoop houses and more.

Types of lots

Community garden

A lot gardened by a group of people growing food for personal use or donation.

The garden may:

  • Be divided into separate plots for cultivation by one or more individuals 
  • Be farmed collectively by members of the group 
  • Include common areas maintained and used by group members 
People working in community garden

Market garden

A lot used to grow food or ornamental crops to be sold.

Adult and child in vegetable garden

Urban farm or urban agriculture

A lot used by a business to grow food or ornamental crops to sell, including:

  • Indoor or outdoor growing operations
  • Vertical farms
  • Aquaponics, aquaculture, hydroponics
Person in garden with vegetables

Accessory structures

Cold frame

  • Type: Portable and temporary
  • Use: Protect seedlings and plants from cold weather
  • Features: Unheated and built close to the ground
  • Materials: Often a wooden or concrete frame with a top of glass or clear plastic
Cold frame for garden with plants inside

Farm stand

  • Type: Temporary
  • Use: Display or sell produce
  • Locations: Allowed at community gardens, market gardens and urban farms
Farm stand selling vegetables


  • Type: Permanent
  • Use: Protect growing food and ornamental crops
  • Materials: Primarily glass or other materials that let light in
Greenhouse with plants

Hoop house

  • Type: Temporary
  • Use: Protect growing food and ornamental crops
  • Materials: Piping covered with material that lets light in
Hoop house garden

Urban farming techniques


Cultivation of water plants and animals for human use or consumption.

Aquaculture garden with fish


A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics.

Aquaponics garden with plants and fish



Growing plants in nutrient-rich solutions or moist inert material, instead of in soil.

Lettuce growing in hydroponic garden

Vertical farms

  • Growing crops in vertically stacked layers. Vertical farms are often in an indoor controlled environment.
  • May include aquaculture, aquaponics and hydroponics.
Strawberries growing in vertical farm

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