Phytoremediation: technologies that use living plants to clean soil, air, and water contaminated with hazardous chemicals.
Welcome To The Dirt Revolution!
WITH HEART AND EXPERTISE!
20 years of combined academic and professional experience
Soil Biology testing as Certified Lab Technician from Dr. Elaine's Soil Food Web School
Professional and passionate services
Educational content and resources to empower, uplift, and inspire you
Meet Melissa Lareau
With over ten years of professional and academic experience, my work aims to disrupt people’s understandings and engagement with best practices in landscaping, soil remediation and food supply systems.
In 2005 I received my Masters of Landscape History and for the last thirteen years I’ve worked in the fields of landscaping, agriculture and food distribution.
My expertise is built on academic understanding, years of practical experience and my veracious desire to learn and innovate. I’ve mastered methods of supporting plant health and creating low maintenance, high producing gardens because I believe real food is a human right.
In addition to my love of food systems, dirt and plants I am a Reiki Master. My spiritual path has taught me many things but most of all, it has taught me that we are all in this together. I am eager to work with you to create outstanding, lasting results in your landscape 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 safety consultations + treatment plans
Soil Biology Testing as Certified Lab Technician
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 10 years.
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.