This photograph from the Prokudin-Gorskii collection shows a large agricultural area in the Russian countryside. Farms of all types could be found throughout the vast Russian Empire, where peasant workers toiled for their livelihoods. The peasantry made up the vast majority of the Russian population, being at the lowest level of the feudal system as ‘serfs’. This feudal system was very much linked to Russia innately having countless farms within its borders. It would not be until the Russian Revolution in 1917 when the feudal system was ultimately discarded to make way for communist ideas such as collective farming.
The entire Prokudin-Gorskii collection can be found here: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/index.html