The Farmer's Wife (#1701)
Filmmaker David Sutherland is invited for 3-years into the real-lives of Juanita and Darrel Buschkoetter as they struggle to save both a family farm and a marriage. The first episode begins in 1995 on Juanita's 28th birthday. Darrel's dream of having a successful farming operation is thrawed by drought. To make ends meet, Darrel takes a full-time job at an irrigation manufacturing plant while Juanita does day work in homes and manages the day-to-day tasks of farm life including raising their three daughters. Though Juanita and Darrel negotiate their responsibilities and the finances for the family and the farm, their efforts are constantly challenged by loan officers and creditors, and even extended family members whose expectations exceed their material circumstances. Even when a daughter becomes sick, Juanita must ask her in-laws for $39 to cover a doctor visit. Juanita struggles to maintain confidence in her husband and the farm, but appears to be losing the battle against her own frustrations and disappointments. [116 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
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