FarmHer the Documentary Features Sheep Producer Sara Hollenbeck
March 4, 2016

Iowa Public Television's new production, FarmHer the Documentary, examines the work of photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz and gives viewers insight into the lives of the inspirational women in agriculture captured by her lens. FarmHer the Documentary premieres Monday, March 14, at 8 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television. The program will also air Friday, March 18, at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 20, at noon.

"They have a passion for what they do," Guyler-Alaniz said of her work with the FarmHers. "It's hard work, day in and day out. There are no vacations. There are no breaks. They love what they do, and I see that time and time again."

FarmHer the Documentary follows seven women farmers and ranchers from around the country and discusses what it's like to be a woman doing what is typically thought of as a man's work. The women vary in age, ethnicity and the type of farming or ranching they do. The FarmHers include a produce farmer and a row-crop farmer from Iowa, a sheep rancher from Montana-our very own Sara Hollenbeck, a dairy farmer from Wisconsin, a goat rancher and an urban farmer from Texas and a cattle rancher and exporter from Florida. These hard-working women all share an enthusiasm for their chosen lifestyles.

According to a post on Instagram by Hollenbeck, "it was a cool experience being a part of a documentary highlighting women farmers and ranchers across the United States."

FarmHer fans looking for more to the story can visit Each woman highlighted in the documentary has her own section on the website with additional photos and video clips. The documentary will be available online in the future.