Welcome to Wonderlland
DesignSTL|November/December 2020
Page Pardo left a career in law to live the rustic life with 200 animals.
By Samantha Stevenson

South of Pacific, there’s a farm called Wonderlland—spelled with two Ls in honor of the llamas who call the estate home. Owner Page Pardo, 40, is a corporate attorney–turned–farmer who now singlehandedly cares for 200 animals, including goats, pigs, cattle, turkeys, and peafowl. The Chesterfield native calls Wonderlland a dream come true. Years ago, Pardo began taking an interest in ethically sourced food just as she was feeling less and less inspired by her career in law. She’d also always had a fascination with animals, which in turn morphed into an idea: What if one day she bought a small farm or brought home a dairy cow or two to live in her backyard? —SAMANTHA STEVENSON

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