Freight-farming: Indianapolis man grows lettuce, herbs in shipping containers

  • Little sprouts of Arugula begin to grow at urban farmer, DeMario Vitalis, shipping container farm on 10th St., Friday, March 26, 2021, in Indianapolis. (Grace Hollars/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

  • DeMario Vitalis moves large panels of LED lights between rows of vegetables at his farm in Indianapolis. (Grace Hollars/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

  • DeMario Vitalis holds tweezers while looking at his plant seedlings in his urban farm in shipping containers. (Photos by Grace Hollars/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

  • DeMario Vitalis stands next to two shipping containers where he keeps his urban farm growing various plants, March 26, in Indianapolis. (Grace Hollars/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

  • Rows of various types of lettuce grow in a shipping container at DeMario Vitalis urban farm.

  • DeMario Vitalis, urban farmer, smiles while looking at the basil he grew in a shipping container, Friday, March 26, 2021, in Indianapolis. (Grace Hollars/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

INDIANAPOLIS — An unassuming plot of land sits on the east side of Indianapolis on 30th Street. From the outside, it looks like an empty lot with a couple of shipping containers on it. But inside those containers is an entire garden.