(760) 399-5313 Ranch Landline (442) 394-3871 Mobile robert@flyingdiscranch.com

Flying Disc Ranch

Home of the Barhi King, farmer Robert Lower. We grow dates, grapefruit, oranges, tangelos, aloe vera, figs, and much more…

We are undergoing renovation and we look forward to sharing our new look and new features with you.

In the meantime, please pardon our dust. We are working on setting up online ordering and news features, and we are sprucing up our website to make it prettier, more sensible, and more interactive. We hope you’ll enjoy your next visit…

Feel free to email or call us for more information or to place an order. Thank you.

Growing and shipping produce since 1979

Robert Lower founded Flying Disc Ranch in the spring of 1979. He started growing dates nearby (leasing palms) in 1974. Robert cleared, plumbed, and planted the ranch from scratch. The rows were desert before 1979. He feels like a pioneer.

Flying Disc Ranch has always been a direct market enterprise. From the beginning, we trucked our produce to food cooperatives in San Diego, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Portland. When many of the food cooperatives dissolved, we sold to health food stores and buying clubs. When they faded, we started farmers markets (our first was in Riverside, in 1972).


Robert bought his property in 1979 from Ben and Patricia Laflin, of Laflin Date Gardens, one of the original date producers in California. Robert cleared the land, installed irrigation, and planted over 500 palms. The ranch has become a tropical fruit forest interplanted with citrus, aloe vera, figs, guava, and mango. Robert farms using “observation, adaptation, and accident.” He and Christina earned their Certified Permaculture Design certificates in 2010. Anyone who has visited Flying Disc Ranch might appreciate Ben Laflin, Jr.’s quotation: “A well-kept date garden is a majestic sight.” Robert and Christina completed the 2-week Permaculture Design Certificate Course with Brock Dolman of OAEC (Occidental Arts & Ecology Center), Penny Livingstone of RDI (Regenerative Design Institute), and John Valenzuela, with M. Kalani Souza, in Maui in February 2010.

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(760) 399-5313


Flying Disc Ranch P.O. Box 201 Thermal, California 92274