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 http://site.iptv.org/farmher. 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.