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 Kawarthas. She is a traveler, blogger, foodie, and is “re-newly” married to a British bloke. Christine holds a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Science and loves cooking, running and being outdoors. 

Kevin McKenna

Chef

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

Event Coordinator

Andrea is our main person for executing events and taking care of logistics. Andrea's eye for detail and creativity helps create the beautiful signs, arrangements and decorations for every South Pond event. On the day of a wedding, Andrea is a calming and organized person who guides our brides through every hiccup and that may arise and tends to the issues that you wouldn't have thought of. Andrea loves weddings, mountain biking and spending time with her dogs. 

Ellen Sweeney

Gardener

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.  

 
 
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Shawn Sutcliffe

Friend & Neighbour

If you're at the farm chances are you will meet our talented friend Shawn. 

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Grace, Olivia and Aubrey Rose

All Danielle’s daughters are involved with just about everything on the farm, from mowing the lawn to setting tables and preparing meals.  

Grace you may see in the kitchen or most recently at the Farmers Market; Olivia grilling appetizers at the reception and working with Lisa. 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 trying her hand a flare bartending - on the lawn. 

 
 

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.

 
 

We are always looking for people to join the South Pond Team! 

We are looking 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 are looking to expand our team include: 

  • Culinary services

  • Property maintenance

  • Bartending

  • Serving

  • Bussing

  • And some higher management positions

Please contact Danielle French at danielle@southpondfarms.ca for more information and a job application! We look forward to hearing from you.