Join Dovetail Partners at the 2016 Urban Food Systems Symposium


Dovetail to present on regenerative design and related benefits during poster session


(Minneapolis, MN) - Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think tank, from June 22nd-25th at the 2016 Urban Food Systems Symposium in Kansas City, Missouri.


On Thursday, June 23rd, Dovetail's Director of Regenerative Design & Sustainable Food Systems, Matt Frank, will be presenting during an afternoon poster session. Mr. Frank's poster is titled, 'Permaculture and Urban Agriculture: Utilizing Regenerative Design Within Cities to Improve Environmental and Human Health While Supporting Local Economies'. The poster presentation will review the reemerging trend towards urban agriculture practices and how permaculture can be utilized as a tool within the urban agriculture framework to design ecologically productive, edible landscapes in cities. Permaculture, an ethical design approach rooted in observation of ecological processes, seeks to address environmental, economic and social issues by creating regenerative systems for human material and non-material needs, including energy, shelter, food and building materials. Attendees will learn how permaculture and urban agriculture can be implemented symbiotically to make use of existing land uses within cities while simultaneously improving environmental and human health.


Matt Frank is a researcher, educator, writer and designer. In his role at Dovetail, Mr. Frank has published a number of research reports highlighting agricultural and environmental land use issues with particular focus on the topics of urban agriculture and permaculture. Additionally, in this role he works collaboratively with regional community partners on projects to address food justice, human health and environmental sustainability issues. Mr. Frank also serves as an active member of the Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate Board of Directors and is Founder of From the Ground Up North, a sustainable agriculture education hub dedicated to cultivating awareness of healthy food, healthy environments and healthy communities throughout greater Minnesota and Wisconsin. Mr. Frank holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design (BED), with a focus in landscape architecture, urban planning and design, and a minor in architecture from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2007). He also has certifications in urban permaculture design from the Regenerative Leadership Institute (2012) and urban farming from Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate (2014).


Attendees of the symposium will gain insight on issues including urban agricultural production, policy, planning and development; local food systems distribution; urban farmer education; food access and justice; and food sovereignty. The symposium is co-hosted by the Kansas State University Global Food Systems Initiative and Cultivate Kansas City, a nonprofit organization that grows food, farms, and community in support of a sustainable, healthy, and local food system in greater Kansas City. The event is geared towards a national and international audience of academic and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and the role they play in global food security. Researchers, students, extension faculty, other academics, NGOs, community organizers and urban food system experts are encouraged to attend.


The Urban Food Systems Symposium will take place in Missouri at the Kansas State University Olathe Campus from June 22nd-25th, 2016. For additional information and registration, visit:



About Kansas State University Global Food Systems Initiative
The Kansas State University Global Food Systems Initiative is dedicated to accelerating new research and teaching opportunities for KSU staff and faculty in order to address the growing technological, educational and human resource needs of the global food system. The KSU Global Food Systems Initiative partners with industry leaders to leverage the university's strengths to help keep the U.S. food system as the most competitive in the world.


About Cultivate Kansas City
Cultivate Kansas City is a non-profit working to grow food, farms and communities in support of a sustainable, healthy, and local food system in greater Kansas City. Cultivate Kansas City believes that urban agriculture is fundamental to building an alternative system for their city. Through growing good food, new urban farms, and stronger communities, they aim to build a healthier, more economically and environmentally sustainable community.