Monnett Farms, Prince Frederick, Maryland
The Tiralla Family: Benson & Jamie Tiralla with children Caroline and Henry, Benson’s parents Joseph & Marilyn Tiralla and our nephew Emmett Tiralla
Monnett Farms is a fourth generation family farm, centrally located in Southern Maryland. We raise 100% grass fed beef as well as all natural, pasture raised chicken, goat, lamb, and pork. Our Kiko goats and St. Croix sheep are also available to purchase for breeding stock.
We were named the 2014 Cooperator of the Year by the Calvert Soil Conservation District. Read more about this award.
Monnett Farms was established in 1920, the homestead of Lois and Dennis Monnett. The Monnett Family has been farming in this area of Calvert County since the 1700s. Monnett Farms primary crop was tobacco until Dennis Monnett, Jr. retired from farming in 1989.
In 2007, Benson Tiralla (the grandson of Dennis Monnett Jr.) returned to the farm with his wife, Jamie and a new chapter in the farm history began.
Benson and Jamie have pursued a pasture-based farming system. Beef, sheep and goats are raised entirely outdoors, on pasture, in a rotational grazing system. Pigs are kept along the edges of the pasture in wooded areas to control encroachment of the forest into the pasture land. Chickens are also kept outdoors during the day allowed to range freely and kept in an enclosed coop at night.
Trial and error, hard work and perseverance have turned Monnett Farms into what it is today. Monnett Farms continues to evolve as Benson and Jamie implement new practices, introduce new livestock, and explore new methods of farming. We hope that you’ll come and share in this wonderful world we’ve created for our family.
Why Grass Fed Meats?
Our farm is ideal farm for a pasture-based operation. It is small in size, compared to other farms, and it’s rather hilly, so it wouldn’t accommodate many types of farming operation. We enjoy working with livestock versus vegetables or fruits. Keeping the animals on pasture works well for us and can be easily managed by our family members.
We have chosen to keep our animals outdoors on pasture so that they can graze freely. We employ several best management practices to fence our animals out of streams and sensitive areas.
Our customers tell us that they enjoy our grass fed meats are think they are more flavorful than what they’re used to buying at the grocery store.
Our livestock are not given hormones or growth supplements. We are fortunate to have never needed to give our animals antibiotics and we strictly never would unless they were medically necessary.
Visit Monnett Farms
Monnett Farms is a great place to visit and kids love it here. Even though we’re only about an hour outside of Washington, DC, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away. Monnett Farms is located in Prince Frederick, Maryland, easily accessible from nearly any starting point.
Visitors are welcome by appointment. Call 410-535-4357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.