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Phytoremediation: technologies that use living plants to clean soil, air, and water contaminated with hazardous chemicals.

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Meet Melissa Lareau

Meet Melissa Lareau

With over twenty years of professional and academic experience, my work aims to disrupt people’s understandings and engagement with best practices in land management, soil remediation and food supply systems. 

In the early 2000's I received my Masters of Landscape History and over the last two decades I have worked across the industries of e-learning, public health, tech, non-profits, food distribution, landscaping, floristry, urban forestry and urban farming, and commercial farming. 


My expertise is built on academic understanding, years of practical experience and my veracious desire to learn and innovate. I’ve come to comprehend various methods of supporting plant health and creating low maintenance, high producing gardens because I believe real food is a human right.

I am eager to work with you to create outstanding, lasting results in your land management practices so you can reap the rewards of healthy soil.

What We Do

Dirt Revolution provides services, tools and resources to people who want to participate in environmental healing, make the world’s soil better and have real food to feed themselves and their loved ones.

  • Soil Health and Soil Consultation

  • Thermophilic Compost

  • Vermicompost System Setup

  • Food Access

  • Phytoremediation

  • Soil Biology and Soil Chemistry

  • Fruit Trees

  • Medicinal Herbs

  • Food Security and Garden Design (PDC)

Learn the backstory to how Dirt Revolution was born and what makes us unique in our field!

We offer professionally certified and passionate services based on new best practices developed over 20 years.

Coming soon!

Educational content and resources to empower, uplift and inspire you to take action!

New Best Practices

Test the dirt, then use plants to clean it. Repeat as needed. An important first step is to know what toxins are in your landscape and then create a plan to use plants to remediate until test results come back clear.

No chemical fertilizers. They disrupt the natural beneficial relationship between plants and microorganisms and create a chemical dependency which weakens the plant.  

Cover the dirt. Debris supports life above and below the surface in two ways: it keeps the ground cool, moist and dark and also serves as a food source for soil microorganisms who defend plants against pests and diseases.   

Put nutrients back. Composting, mulch, debris and other organic material provides food for microorganisms and as it breaks down, the elements from the organic materials become available to the nearby plants.  

Food security is not about growing something in a single season, it is about reaping the rewards of energy investments over time. Food security is: having systems in place that support sustainability, time and energy invested in the development of trees and herbal medicines in addition to annual foods which need to be seeded every year into the garden, having the food that you and your loved ones want to eat available.  

Best Practices


Thank you! I look forward to speaking with you soon.

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