By Danielle French

Animals Make the Farm

Although I live in the heart of farm country, I’m reluctant to call myself a farmer. I always wanted to have the full farm — gardens and animals, cows lolling in the fields ready to give milk twice a day, chickens — all sorts of things that signify a real, honest-to-goodness farm. But in a problem I share with real farmers, I just don’t seem to have enough hands on deck to manage it all. A larger-scale chicken operation may still be in my future, but honestly — milking at 5:00 a.m.? Not so realistic when there’s a flock of girls who need to be fed before being shooed off to school.

So instead of cows, I have a lot of “useless” animals. My wonderful goats are a lovable bunch, but I often think it would be easier to herd cats. Shawn built a beautiful fence that would — as my neighbour Ralph said — contain elephants. But goats are like mice; they can get out a hole one-eighth the size of their body. It’s actually miraculous watching them in contortions a yoga instructor would not be able to perform . . .except when you realize those contortions are leading to an escape.

Maybe it’s a new sideline experience I could offer to visitors (for a substantial fee of course!): the Amazing South Pond Goat Escape Artists. In the middle of an event, we could nudge Millie and her crew into those impossible feats, and as a bonus, guests would be treated to baby goats skipping around the property nibbling on hats and lace. Or maybe not — it’s starting to sound a bit like a scene out of Amelia Bedelia!

As for the dogs that are supposed to be keeping the animals in line — where are they when all the action is going down? Sleeping. Sleeping, lounging, gnawing on a bone, sleeping. Goats? Coyotes? Please. They’d rather relax.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Sign up to receive stories and updates

Danielle French - Ash Naylor Photography

About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

Inquire about Events

Send us a quick note so we can learn more about your event.

For wedding inquiries click here

Inquire about Weddings

Send us a quick note so we can learn more about your event and you can receive our packages, pricing and availability.
After hitting send, you will receive a link to download our wedding information package in your inbox

For private event inquiries click here