Now embedded in city life, I don't have many opportunities to play in the soil so I satisfy my interest by reading about food and gardening. Currently I am enjoying a book on permaculture, a style of gardening that's much more in tune with the cycles of nature than modern farming. The concept of permaculture is relatively simple: construct gardens that mimic nature.
For instance, if you want to have your own apples, install an apple tree then assemble plants around it to support its needs. These plants can and should be multi-functional. Some should attract beneficial insects, others fix nutrients into the soil. Still more should have deep root structures to break-up compacted soil and facilitate aeration. These guilds can incorporate a vast array of plants since a variety of species can perform the functions an apple tree needs.
My priority in these guilds would be food plants since I love being able to eat the fruits (and veggies) of my efforts. The runner up would be plants that encourage a diversity of wildlife who will not compete with me for my food plants. An excellent book on the subject is 'Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture' by Toby Hemenway. It clearly illustrates the benefits of guild planting and how to design an ecological garden. A lot of upfront planning is required but that planning should lead to a self-sufficient garden.
Writing is food for the soul rather than the belly yet both are important in human existence. The initial burst of inspiration is full of potential yet must be nurtured to maturity when it will provide the greatest benefit. The act of writing, much like gardening, can be therapeutic. It is a time for reflection and acknowledgment that one is part of something larger.
Both art and food are largely taken for granted now, although there are movements of dedicated people who recognise the importance of each and educate others about them. You are what you eat and what you read. A story can transform one's perspective of the world and influence the course of their life. Few activities are as important as the labours that put food on our table. Equally important for us in the information age is the exposure to diverse ideas and concepts that will help us shape the most positive world possible.