About Us  

CLEAR MORNING PROVISIONS was born of one  woman's determination to grow and preserve the lion's share of her family's food and to develop relationships with like-minded local farmers in order to obtain those foods which required more resources than her family's three-acre slice of heaven could produce.

 

As her garden flourished, so did these local-farmer relationships.  Before long, there was bounty to spare.  In 2014, she began offering both wholesome, healthy, locally-grown food and carefully-chosen livestock that were easily managed, biologically efficient, and well-suited to the small homestead or farm.

Tori Rozanski, Owner
Clear Morning Provisions

2015

A New Farm and Focus

 In the fall of 2015, the family purchased a nine-acre parcel of land just minutes from their home base and the farm took a break from raising produce in order to focus on raising hardy, homestead livestock.  The fall months were busy with fence-building and tree cutting.  New bloodlines of American Guinea Hogs (including a rare, blue-colored boar), along with geese, goats, ducks, Texan Pioneer Pigeons and fiber rabbits were added to the farmyard.

2016

A Year of Growth & Adjustment

2016 was a year of growth, adjustment and joy.  Shetland and Miniature Cheviot lambs arrived mid year and immediately became a family favorite.  Farm improvements continued to be made, the livestock were bred, and their offspring evaluated and selected with the goal of improving their hardiness, reproductive abilities and biological efficiency while retaining agreeable, easy to manage temperaments.

2017

Road Building

2017 came and went while we tried to focus on clearing and fencing the wooded portions of this little farm. As the land was cleared, we worked hard to carve out paths wide enough to accommodate our truck.  By strategically placing these small roads throughout the property, we hoped each area would be more accessible on a year round basis.  Our sheep were sheared for the first time, fleeced were washed, and their fiber was spun into yarn. We had our fingers crossed for spring lambs from the Shetlands and one or two Miniature Dairy Goat kids.  

2018

New Land

2018 is started off well with the new farm purchase.  The old property was just too steep to efficiently rotate the stock and some of the land was just impossible to access no matter how much clearing was done.  A new, 10-acre piece of land was purchased in April and everyone was eager to get the fencing in and the animals moved.  The new parcel is half wooded, half open and 100% flat.  There is electric on site, water, and a road which bisects the property.  We were excited to find old, heaving-bearing pear trees, and even an old blueberry bush.

Then the rain came....and never stopped.  It rained 3-4 out of every seven days all year long!  Everything was under water and we struggled to keep on top of the mud.

In spite of this, the pigs produced some top flight offspring which, traveled to farms in Florida, Pennsylvania, Virgina, and West Virginia. 

 

The first Mini-Mancha kids have finally arrived - just as we were considering keeping only one or two goats for milk and selling the rest so we could focus on our Shetland Sheep. 

 

Speaking of sheep, fencing challenges at the old place kept the rams separate from ewes for the entire breeding season so there were no spring lambs in 2018.  

 

More New Hampshire chickens and a few Delawares were added.  We lost the New Hampshires to foxes.  The Delaware roosters proved to be savage with their hens.  We decided not to keep them.  The Saddleback Pomerian geese were sold to make room for the addition of Cotton Patch geese!  

2019

Re-Group and Refocus

2019 is shaping up as a year to recover and refocus.  We are recovering from the constant rain, flooding, and mud of 2018 and we are doing some refocusing as we experiment with different species and breeds in order to find out what works on our little homestead.

 

THE LAND:  We are still getting acquainted with the new land and were thrilled to find hickory and wild plums producing well along with wild roses and honesuckle wihich filled the air with their intoxicating fragrance.  

HOGS:  It has been a good year for the pigs.  In addition to the feeders, several registered breeders went to farms in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. Dancer and her piglets were a big hit at the Frederick, MD, Mother Earth News Fair.

 

GOATS:  The decision to liquidate the goat herd was difficult, but sound.  This will give us better grazing for the sheep we love. 

 

SHEEP:  The ram was put with the ewes very late in the breeding season, so our lamb crop arrived in the middle of a summer heat wave.  Five rams and one ewe ram.  We processed our first Sheltland rams for meat in 2019 and we delighted with the sweet, succulent meat they produced.  We will definitely breed more sheep in 2020, but we will put the ram in earlier so that lambing occurs during the cooler spring weather.

 

CHICKENS:  We decided to give two old-time chicken breeds, Barred Plymouth Rock and Speckled Sussex a try. 

 

GEESE:  The Cotton Patch geese had an unremarkable breeding season and only managed to hatch and raise three goslings.  They will be managed a bit differently during the 2020 breeding season and we hope for better results. The mixed-breed geese hatched ten and managed to raise six goslings.  They are a permanent fixture here.  

DUCKS:  The Silver Appleyards sat on several nests of eggs, but did not manage to hatch anything.  We like their size and temperament so they will get another chance to naturally reproduce next year.  The Anconas did manage to hatch goslings, but the males are so aggressive with the females that we are considering liquidating our little flock.

TURKEYS:  The Beltsville Small White Turkeys arrived this summer.  They seem like wonderful birds - curious, friendly and easily managed.  We have high hopes for them.

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Tori Rozanski, Owner

301-643-5284

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Located in

Hughesville, Maryland

Member

American Guinea Hog Association

American Livestock Conservancy

American Dairy Goat Association

North American Shetland Sheep Association