This is what farm life in the Russian taiga looks like

[tps_header]THERE ARE 72 times more rural settlements in Russia than there are urban ones, but many villages vanish from the map of Russia annually. Vyezhii Log — a Siberian farming village in the Mana district of Krasnoyarskii Krai — is not one of these: New houses are being built, the young population is returning, and the elders perpetuate their traditions.

Village life in the summer is quiet; almost half of the male population is working, with the rest either haying or picking berries. Here people do drink and fight sometimes, but if anything bad happens, everyone sticks together whether it is to put out a big fire or to do the haying. This is how village life works.[/tps_header]


People here live in one or two floored wooden or stone houses. During summer they gather berries and mushrooms, prepare hay, and grow vegetables and fruit. The locals also work here or nearby as shop-keepers, teachers, doctors, and builders. Young people go to the towns and cities to study, and many of them do not come back.



“An udder is warm to touch, but is not that simple to milk,” says Anna, a local inhabitant. “I don’t like cities. It’s loud there,” she continues. “Here we have cattle, all the products are natural. What do they have there?”


Milking cow

Anna has milked cows since childhood, and she does it very well. She works fast with both hands and milks two buckets. The cow stays still.