South Pond Farms

Our Family

Meet the South Pond team

Danielle French

The 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

Our Marketing & Special Events Coordinator. Christine is a native of the Kawarthas and an invaluable asset to us. She is responsible for event coordination and logistics, and is also our marketing strategist.

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Kevin McKenna

Our Chef. Chef Kevin McKenna was trained at the prestigious Niagara-on-the-lake Culinary School and has travelled around the world working in internationally recognized restaurants.

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Carlyle Apps

Our General Manager. Carlyle is the eldest daughter of Danielle. She leads the project to incorporate sustainability into the South Pond strategy. She is also our systems developer, taking care of inventory management, purchasing, and analysis.

Andrea Andringa

Our Day of Event Coordinator. Andrea is a calm and organized professional who guides our brides and their families. Her eye for detail and creativity helps create the beautiful signs, arrangements, and decorations for every South Pond event.

Deanna Bolton

Our Wedding Coordinator & Product Sales Representative. Deanna loves country life and has experience in the hospitality industry. She is committed to ensuring all of the details of your special day are understood and executed.

Ellen Sweeney

Our Gardener. Ellen oversees our farm flowers and vegetables from seed to table. She 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 and novels, and she loves horses.

Shawn Sutcliffe

Our Friend & Neighbour. Shawn is deeply connected to the land around this area. It was his careful eye in recognizing the way the land allowed for gardens and structures that created something wonderful at South Pond. The farm now has a renewed purpose and sense of place here on this land.

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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 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're always looking for people to join the South Pond family!

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. Please contact Carlyle Apps for more information or to submit a job application. We look forward to hearing from you.

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