The “Logboy” farm has been under ownership of Wil and Megan Seiler since 1991, and it is a primary production point of Bottle Tree Hill Organics and the primary location of our education days.
Between circa 1930 to 1960 the farm operated as a share farming, mixed dairy and pig operation with peanut, wheat and cotton crops also grown. Dairying ceased in the 1970’s, with a change of ownership, and until 1990 it ran exclusively beef cattle. When the Seiler family purchased the property in 1979 it had been seriously over-stocked and over-cleared. Lowered stocking rates and rotational grazing has allowed for natural regeneration of pasture and trees, despite years of drought. Wil & Megan have also implemented a supplementary tree planting program, allowing for biodiversity in flora and fauna. Since the early ‘90’s production has diversified into olives, pigs and small crops. In the last few years, we have changed some of our management practices to be more holistic, that is, taking into account all aspects of our business and resources in every decision made. This has already caused some big changes to the landscape of the farm, and has, through experimentation, introduced some new, smaller, niche-based, industries, such as chickens and sheep.
Bottle Tree Hill Organics were one of the pioneers of free-range pigs in Queensland. For ten years their free-range, organic, pasture fed pork was the main industry at Logboy, marketing to the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast regions.
Due to drought and major business set backs with the scarcity and rising prices of grain, as well as rising fuel costs, the pork operation was scaled back in 2007. However, Wil and Megan still sell their pork, grown with the same high standards and strict ethics, on a by order basis. (see product section). Since 2013 our pork industry has been further scaled down to a minimum with the purpose of rebuilding, with a better breeding herd and therefore an even better product.
Vegetables and Fruit
For several years Bottle Tree Hill Organics had a three acre permaculture market garden, that was mulched, and irrigated by a t-tape system, and supplied produce to an organic shop in Brisbane, as well as local markets. Since the 2010-2011 and 2013 floods this was nearly destroyed, however we have now established a new permaculture plan with a more flood and drought proof design. In the next few years this will be back to peak production. We also plan to add some fruit crops to this system under Permacultural stacking.
The farm also has a grove of 200 olive trees, which usually produce a crop every second year. Some of the olives are contract pressed by a local press to produce extra virgin olive oil. Wil and Megan were a part of a local olive producers cooperative for a number of years, managing and operating a traditional style olive press and producing the oil marketed under the label of “26 degrees South – The Latitude of Excellence”. This experience gave them an appreciation of the qualities of good olive oil which they now take to their own, under the Bottle Tree Hill Organics label.
The vast majority of the land use at Logboy is Beef based. Originally, this was in the management style of traditional pastoral beef. Since Megan and Wil have been at Logboy they have brought stocking rates down and introduced rotational grazing, causing a resurgence of natural ecosystems. However, since 2013, the management style of beef has taken a more hands on approach with a Savory institute style time controlled grazing. This has caused a boost in productivity and sustainability. Beef has become an industry of great interest to us and we hope to be producing a larger quantity to meet customer demand in future.
For more information on availability and pricing go to our products page.