A farmer isn’t defined by plot size, but by their purpose. New Age Provisions'
roots made it from slaves on the ship, to sharecroppers in the South, to advanced hydroponic farming in the downtown Indianapolis. The one thing that hasn’t changed is our desire and ability to use the land to feed our families and our communities.
Mario Vitalis, NAP owner and founder, is able to connect with his ancestors and provide for his family off the land, similar to what his great grandparents did in the South. Today, he is looking to feed his community by feeding a need. We are no longer bound to the rules of traditional farming — technology allows us a new way to farm and a fresh take on the supply chain.
While eating at the Provision restaurant in Indianapolis, Mario and a few friends developed the idea of New Age Provisions. The combination of their use of ‘new age’ farming technology and the site of their brainstorm made for the perfect name, New Age Provisions. Being based in NAPtown (Indianapolis), was just an added bonus! New Age Provisions, LLC was founded on January 15, 2018 from the inspiration of providing fresh produce for their food desert community, as well as the sharecrop stories that Mario grew up listening to from his grandmother. By June 2020, NAP had received their first Greenery container farm to begin growing a wide variety of herbs, produce, and cannabis. Today, they are excited to continue the expansion of their fresh produce into more restaurants and households across Indianapolis.
In The News
5 acres of food in 80 feet: Urban farmer grows a garden in the heart of Indianapolis.
Scaling up: Vertical farming takes hold and grows big in Indiana.
INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL
Entrepreneur starts hydroponics container farm on vacant urban lot.
Indy-based urban farmer goes high tech
WFYI-FM "All Things Considered"
Farmer Grows Produce Using Hydroponics
93.1 FM WIBC
Stories From the State Fair: Shipping Container Farming
#114: New Age Provisions Farms
Mario, shares his experience as a Freight Farmer.
#119: How This Shipping Container Farmer's $200,000 Debt Has Been Forgiven
Mario's story takes a few detours along the way, one that will bring you to tears, but ultimately it ends in victory
CANNIBAS BUSINESS TIMES
New Age Provisions Farms Brings Hemp Operation Into Automated Hydroponic Shipping Container Environment
WTIU - Public Television Journey Indiana
See what's growing at New Age Provisions in Indianapolis. Journey Indiana is produced by WTIU – Public Television from Indiana University.
WTHR Channel 13 News
Urban farmer DeMario Vitalis is the first person in Indiana to leverage the science of hydroponics inside shipping containers. He gave a tour to 13News of the facility where he farms about 5 acres of food a year to feed the community.
WRTV - Indy-based urban farmer goes high tech
Vitalis said he wanted an opportunity to get into farming, an opportunity to establish a business system, and also to have a business that gives back to the community.
Indiana Home Magazine - Hydroponic Farming Takes Root in Indiana.
Hydroponic farming allows us to reimagine how and where we can grow food