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Alphabet book

 This is "Mazā zemes ĀBECE" (The Edible ABC book).

The Latvian language letter book is made of tasty and colorful things that can be grown locally in Latvia.

Plenty of fruits, berries, vegetables, spices and green plants that the little ones will taste for themselves growing up in Latvia.


Photo from personal archive 


"My first 25 years of life I don't recall gardening as anything I enjoyed. It reminded me of senior citizens finding something to do with their time. Whenever I was asked to join in and help with the gardening works, I always tried my best to find ways to stay back in the city.

However, the love for earth came back to me when I found out that gardening doesn't just mean growing potatoes, beetroots, tomatoes and cucumbers.

As it turns out, you can grow almost anything. With this in mind, I realized I can grow things I really fancy. So even here in the dark and cold Northern Europe, we can grow amazing things. Watermelons, asparagus, Walnuts, small kiwis. I know it sounds unbelievable."

Miķelis Baštiks


 Photo from personal archive 


Though Latvians live far in the north our fertile soil proves to be very fruitful and rich in nutrition for a wide range of diverse plants.
Pears, blueberries, asparagus and cloudberries. Ground cherry, gooseberries and even walnuts. And the best thing - when the harvest comes, you can take them straight from the earth and eat.


Photo by Marta Logina 


"As our family welcomed our first son Rūbenss we wanted to show the small human what an unbelievably gorgeous and rich bounty Latvia’s soil can offer."

Miķelis Baštiks


Photo by Daiga Ellaby 


"Maza zemes ĀBECE" is a story about the Latvian soil from a new perspective. It captures the sense of city dwellers coming back to the love of the private garden. 

The book is an experience that connects children to their parents while they learn about the possibilities of Latvian nature. 


Photo by Marta Logina 



ABC Book — "Mazā Zemes ĀBECE"