Danielle French

Owner & creative force behind South Pond

Danielle French takes pleasure in authentic, simple, artisanal food and is continually inspired by life in the country.

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Christine Briggs

Marketing and Special Events Coordinator

Christine is a native of the Kawartha's and is an invaluable asset to South Pond. She is responsible for all event coordination and logistics as well as our marketing strategist. She is a traveler, blogger and expert gluten-free vegan cook. Christine holds a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Science and loves cooking, running and being outdoors. 

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Kevin McKenna


Chef Kevin McKenna joins the South Pond team. McKenna was trained at the prestigious Niagara-on-the-lake Culinary School and has travelled around the world working in internationally recognized restaurants. He is passionate about farm to table cuisine, foraging and harvesting from field and farm.

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Carlyle Apps

General Manager

Carlyle is the eldest daughter of Danielle. Carlyle is leading the project to incorporate sustainability into the South Pond strategy through work in waste management, local procurement, land use and community engagement. She is also our systems developer, taking care of inventory management, purchasing and analysis. She is currently completing her MSc in Sustainability Management. Meet her mixing cocktails at the bar or surveying her bee hives.


Andrea Andringa

Day of Event Coordinator

Andrea is a calming and organized person who guides our brides and families through every hiccup that may arise and tends to the issues that you wouldn't have thought of. Andrea's eye for detail and creativity helps create the beautiful signs, arrangements and decorations for every South Pond event. 


Deanna Bolton

Wedding coordinator & product sales

Deanna is new to the farm in 2017. She loves country life and has experience in the hospitality industry. She is fastidious to ensuring all the details of your day are collected and executed. You may meet her on your first visit to the farm and she will be there behind the scenes on the last day to make sure all your wishes are fulfilled.



Ellen Sweeney


Ellen's expanded  role on the farm is in charge of our farm flowers and vegetables from seed to table. Ellen grew up on a farm east of Peterborough and attended the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture. In her spare time she reads garden magazines, novels and she loves horses.  


Shawn Sutcliffe

Friend & Neighbour

Shawn is deeply connected to the land around this area . He inspired Danielle to think about what the larger possibilities of South Pond could be. It was his careful eye in recognizing the way the land allowed for gardens and structures that created something wonderful here. The farm now has a renewed purpose and sense of place here on this land

Ironstone Land & Building Design



Grace, Olivia and Aubrey Rose

All Danielle’s daughters are involved in their own unique ways around the farm.  

Grace, studying finance and math at McGill lends her assistance in the office in brand development and financial strategies. Olivia, playing for the Canadian Women's rugby team in Victoria, jumps in and helps in the kitchen or with Carlyle at the bar every chance she has when she is home. Aubrey Rose is the youngest sister and as a guest once said to her, "she is the South Pond secret weapon!" She does a little bit of everything including running our farm-gate stand selling our farm flavours line, prepared foods and fresh produce and flowers.


Chef Kevin McKenna is joining the South Pond team.

McKenna was trained at the prestigious Niagara-on-the-lake Culinary School. He moved to England cooking in the kitchens of the Fat Duck and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. He then returned to Canada and has worked with many of Canada’s premier Chefs - Paul Boehmer of the Spoke Club, Chefs Michael Stadtlaender of Eigensinn Farms and Michael Potters.  His other positions in Ontario include being part of the culinary team Tres Hombres in Peterborough as well as:

  • Executive Chef at Viamede Resort, Stony Lake

  • Executive Chef at Capers Brasserie in Belleville

  • Executive Chef at Globe Bistro in Toronto

  • Successfully opened Earth Rosedale (2009) and subsequently Earth Toronto Bloor West

  • Founding member of The Group of 7 Chefs Ltd. (2011)

  • Specially invited to cook at The James Beard House in New York (2012 + 2015)

  • Chef de Cuisine at Taboo Resort, Golf and Spa (2012)

Chef McKenna is passionate about food and farm to table cuisine - a perfect fit for South Pond which derives over 65% of all of its food for its menus from its own and neighbouring farms. Chef McKenna is committed to supporting local producers and creating menus showcasing seasonal ingredients.


Unfortunately as our busy season is coming to a close, we do not currently have any positions available. We do accept resumes throughout the year and in the spring would be happy to discuss potential job openings.

In the summers we look for experienced individuals who have an interest in the service industry and are looking to learn about agritourism and the local food movement. Areas where we offer summer positions include: 

  • Culinary services

  • Property maintenance

  • Bartending

  • Serving

  • Bussing

Please contact Carlyle Apps at carlyle@southpondfarms.ca for more information and a job application! We look forward to hearing from you.