great day [greyt dey]
- A beautiful or otherwise pleasant time between sunrise and sunset. It was a great day to be pickin’ ‘maters in the garden.
- An exclamation of surprise or awe. “Greeeeeat day! Look at those ‘maters!”
Michael Grantz and Arden Jones met in college at Sewanee: The University of the South, where they graduated in 2013. By working on and visiting many farms in Tennessee, Vermont, Central America, and Virginia, they learned about all aspects of regenerative farming. In 2014 they moved to land owned by Arden’s family in Forest to found Great Day Gardens, and were married on the farm in October of 2016. The farm was named in memory of Arden’s grandfather Richard (Dick) Logwood, who had many colorful ways of expressing his joy for his family and grandchildren.
Arden was raised in Greenwood, Virginia and grew up spending time with her family on the land where she now gardens, dreaming of the future possibilities. She honed her plant propagation and field culture techniques during an apprenticeship at Radical Roots Community Farm in Keezletown, VA in 2014. The chief force behind all the thriving plants in our gardens, Arden enjoys being outside and living in the moment. When she’s not working on her tan in the veggie fields, you can find her working at the pottery wheel or weaving loom. Read her interview from lady-farmer.com
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Michael Grantz is the baker in the family and prizes his relationships with regional grain growers. In 2018 he became a founding board member of the Common Grain Alliance, a Virginia-based consortium of bakers, millers and farmers working to revive the mid-Atlantic grain shed. He has formal training in Permaculture and is currently learning about holistic livestock management on a nearby farm. He always keeps an ear to the soil and enjoys balancing the farm as an ecosystem, business, community gathering space, and workplace.
We envision a world where local economies overtake and replace big corporations and human contact is the primary method of communication. Where farmers and laborers are valued among the most important members of society and chemical-free foods are accessible and in demand. We see people regaining control of their health by listening to and caring for their bodies, and technology being used appropriately to promote a more giving and regenerative society.