The most common occupation in Sweden used to be farming. A farmer is someone who farms the land, cultivates, and keeps animals, such as cows. However, in Örnsköldsvik Municipality, it has never been enough to just be a farmer. To have a good life, you had to be a jack of all trades. You could hunt, fish, collect berries and herbs in the forest, cut down trees and sell the timber, specialise in a handicraft, engage in trade, and much more. The farms that became rich were those that managed to both specialise and broaden their knowledge. It was the farmers who were behind the first industrial attempts in the municipality.