Michelle Hammond, the food service director of the Roaring Fork School District RE-1, has a passion for healthy food in her schools. Thirty percent of the district’s salad bar ingredients comes from their growing dome and garden. And now, thanks to some creative collective thinking and the passion to make it happen, all of the beef this year comes from a local rancher, Crystal River Meats, which is 100 percent natural, USDA Certified grass-fed and finished meat. How did Michelle afford such high quality meat on her slim school budget? By striking a deal that includes the local Whole Foods buying the high end cuts, Crystal River Meats was able to offer ground beef to the district at a very affordable price. To learn more, read this very informative article in the Sopris Sun’s September 20, 2012 edition.