Youth Ops Farm is the scattered-site urban farm cultivated by participants of River City Youth Ops. Rather than operating as a single physical space, the Farm is made up of donated, undeveloped lots scattered throughout the West Central neighborhood. Local property owners donate use of the space to Youth Ops, which grows thousands of pounds of food on the lots for use at the market, for sale to local businesses. Each site is artfully re-purposed to be not only agriculturally productive, but also to beautify the neighborhood. Participants of Youth Ops create viable growing space on each lot and learn basic gardening techniques, including planning, soil preparation, planting, watering, tending and harvesting food. The Urban Farm is an anchor program of Youth Ops, a place where participants learn to understand not only the rhythm of the growing season, but also the importance of careful planning, consistent attention, and a sense of natural timing. For many participants, growing and harvesting food at the farm is their first opportunity to encounter freshly grown produce, not to mention their first opportunity to cultivate and enjoy food from seed to table.