Baltimore Free Farm has had an agreement with the city for the last few years to farm three lots on Ash Street under the Adopt-a-Lot program, an offshoot of Vacants to Value. Under that program, community groups are allowed to take over city-owned vacant parcels for gardens, parks or other uses for free for a set period of time. The group asked to adopt two adjacent lots on Baldwin Street, but the city said no, believing that it might be able to sell them for residential development. The farmers decided to clean them up anyway and eventually started planting on them. From their point of view, they have taken two vacant lots and given them value. And given the Free Farm’s charitable work and its practice of donating fresh produce to the community, it has arguably given them more value than residential development would.