Owner & creative force behind South Pond
Danielle French takes pleasure in authentic, simple, artisanal food and is continually inspired by life in the country.
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.
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.
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 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'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.
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.