SEED is a not-for-profit social enterprise  supporting women’s and community groups in developing countries in meeting their  social development objectives. SEED offers the opportunity to bring handicrafts to Australia for sale in  local markets, Fair Trade and ethical retail stores.

SEED International Community Engagement:

SEED is very excited to announce the early stage development of SEED International Community Engagement. In April Ben will travel to China, Tibet, Nepal, Bangladesh, and India visiting womens and community grass roots groups identifying opportunities for international volunteers to visit and stay with the group sharing skills and experience with asset based community development principles.

SEED will work with the volunteer to identify strengths and find the ideal opportunity and placement. If you are interested in exploring international community engagement opportunities in a particular region or sector, please contact


Summer markets:

We had a delightful day at St Andrew’s market on Saturday. On the weekend of the 26-29th of November SEED had a very washed out stall at Shine On festival. Thanks to the crew for the free market site!! Rainbow Serpent Festival late Jan was a cracker, and since then SEED has been at Camberwell and Coburg Markets (which weren’t the best), and in early March we went up to Daylesford for a lovely market by the old train station. Hopefully we can manage another day at Daylesford and Castlemaine before April!

School seeds entrepreneurial passion for public good. ‘the age’ April 13, 2010

School seeds entrepreneurial passion for public good

Mary-Anne Toy,

‘the age’ April 13, 2010

Ben Walta, one of the first students in Melbourne, set up Seed to use international trade to improve livelihoods for poor people in developing countries. The company will import Fair Trade products for sale in Australia, such as yak and angora wool knitted by Nepalese women and traditional Burmese umbrellas. The profits will “seed” other ventures here including an indigenous boat-building business. The school aims to make social entrepreneurs – people who create ventures or businesses for public or social benefit – more effective by teaching them business skills.


SEED gives thanks to Joy Troyer for Logo design: