In 1979, when Robert Lower purchased the parcel where Flying Disc Ranch exists today, it was barren desert that had never been farmed before. He leveled it, piped it, and planted it, and eventually created a forest-like oasis producing dates, citrus, figs, pomegranates and table grapes. The date palms must be dethorned, pollinated, tied down, bagged, harvested, and pruned twice at different points in the year. When the medjool dates are thinned, a worker can spend up to six hours in just one tree! These delectable fruits are a wonderful alternative to other sweets, and are a good source of dietary fiber and potassium.
Although the ranch is not currently certified organic, Robert has used ecological practices and has never used non-organic sprays or petroleum-based fertilizers.
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Thermal, CA, CA 92274
http://www.flyingdiscranch.comThermal, Riverside County, CA 500 miles Layer cake Municipal, wells Owner Robert Lower operates the farm with Pedro and Carolina Medina, Christina Kelso, and as many as 15 employees during peak season. They use “eco-dynamic” practices inspired by biodynamic ideas. Not Certified Organic, biodynamic practices Rock dust, compost, chicken manure None Predatory birds, snakes, beneficial insects 10 acres