As the chief certification officer at CCOF, April Crittenden has a wealth of knowledge about the National Organic Program and environmental stewardship in farming systems. CCOF is a nonprofit organization based in Santa Cruz, California that advances organic agriculture for a healthy world by advocating on behalf of its members for organic policies, supporting the growth of organic through education and grants, and providing organic certification that is personal and accessible.
Crittenden began her career with CCOF over 10 years ago. In various roles over the years, Crittenden gained an understanding of the organic regulations for growers, handlers, and livestock producers; helped implement improved client communication systems; and oversaw complaints, investigations, and CCOF’s pesticide residue and GMO sampling programs. In 2016, Crittenden worked with SC Labs to develop and implement the Envirocann Certification Program, which offers certification services to cannabis producers.
Crittenden graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with Bachelor of Arts degrees in environmental studies and anthropology. She also holds a variety of certificates from the National Organic Program, the Accredited Certifiers Association, and the International Organic Inspectors Association.