Tiny Cottage Tiny Office Tiny Workspace Tiny Tech Tools
We print our pastured pork packaging labels for retail sales on a small Primera LX400 color label printer. It is a niche printer designed for just this purpose. It excels at doing small runs of high quality labels. Ironically the cost of these labels is better than getting large runs such as 15,000 which we’ve done before. The quality is far superior to what we had previously gotten in large batches and the printer has held up very well over the years so I am very pleased. For those who are interested in the labeling topic, check out this series of posts about the development of our meat label. It discusses a lot of the issues surrounding getting your USDA/FSIS label approval and some of the mechanics of design and printing.
One great thing about the Primera is that it allows us to cost effectively and easily do different labels to fit different products. If I get the labels printed at a printing company I must do 5,000 to 15,000 to get a cost effective run and that is all of the same design. With the LX400 I can do runs as short as a single label which I needed for three different specialty cuts in this weeks market hogs – two chine-off, bone in whole pork loins and one ear & jowl on whole pork head buffet style.
Looking at the photo above you can see that my office is fairly small. There isn’t a lot of room in our tiny cottage. Almost all of my paper work is scanned into the computer or filing so my file cabinet consists of about 8″ of current papers in the works. Most of the time the scanner sits on the desk where the LX400 is sitting now. When not in use the various devices slip into cubbies or shelfs such as below our bed. Think of it as trundle beds for techno-gadgets.
We actually have three different printers. The label printer and poster printer just come out and get desk space when they’re needed, sharing that spot with the scanner. The main color printer is too big to move so it gets a dedicated spot in the other room. I have a design for spot for the big printer under the bed but haven’t implemented it yet. I may never since once we finish the butcher shop the printer and much of this will move down there.
When needed our tiny office desk can fold away up against the wall giving a little more space. The desk is made of 2″x12″ planks that were ripped, daddoed, hinged and joined. Arms fold out from the wall for supports. When the desk is folded away there are slots and grooves for each of the gadgets and nicknacks from Master Yoda and my golden apple to my camera, computer, ipod and such.
Label Box Organizer
Need more room to work? The bed is right behind us as we work offering a place to spread out papers. This enforces the rule about cleaning up at the end of the day and limits just how messy my office can get! Small is beautiful.
Under the stone shelf over the desk there are super magnets embedded in the granite which allow us to hang things like a ruler, eye glasses, scissors and such. Magnets are wonderful things for locking stuff down in a small space. Someday the bookshelf over the desk will be clear because my marine aquarium will go there between the bathroom and our bedroom.
Sugar Mountain Farm Meat Label
For the past several months we had suspended deliveries of our pastured pork to local stores & restaurants while we worked on construction of of our own on-farm slaughterhouse and butcher shop. We had been very hesitant to halt deliveries but did at our customers’ encouragement – they wanted us to make that jump to on-farm meat processing too. We got a tremendous amount done including about half of the concrete pours before the temperatures got too low and the snows too deep to continue. With winter here construction is suspended so we’re taking pigs to market again. If you’re in the central to northern Vermont area, once again look for Sugar Mountain Pork in your local stores starting the middle of next week.
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