Protected Harvest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Santa Cruz, California, with the principal mission to advance use and adoption of quantifiable sustainable agriculture standards. Protected Harvest functions first and foremost as an independent certifier, but also conducts reviews of standards developed by industry-leading organizations, to provide third-party validation and confirm they are based on sound science and designed to promote continuous improvement. The Protected Harvest Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of representatives from prominent environmental NGOs, agricultural experts, scientists, and marketing experts. While the staff carries out daily operations, managing the auditing and certification process, the Board of Directors provides organizational oversight and technical review of standards on an ongoing basis.