Crystal Ortiz

Board Member International Cannabis Farmers Association Co-Chair WCC Women Cultivating Community, Founder, High Water Farm

Chrystal Ortiz is a permaculture gardener, founding member of High Water Farm and educator. Before moving full time into advocacy and running her own farm, she was the Operations Manager at True Humboldt, a premium sun grown cannabis brand supported by The Humboldt Sun Growers Guild. Chrystal is active in the Humboldt County cannabis community and works diligently to help build a regulated cannabis industry that promotes healthy, safe communities and the highest environmental standards. She believes that California has the unique ability to have a regulated cannabis industry that supports the economy of rural areas while protecting its natural resources.

It is this vision that has inspired her to join the board of the International Cannabis Farmers Association. The ICFA is a group of stakeholders and scientists committed to traditional sun grown farming practices. Chrystal is also proud of her volunteer work with #WomenCultivatingCommunity, an economic development think tank that focuses on creating business opportunities for women.

Between her full time career, countless volunteer projects and too many late nights reading regulations, somehow she has managed to stay happily married to her ocean loving husband. They have two wonderful kids, two farm dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and seasonally borrow 22 sheep. To learn more about some of the projects Chrystal is involved in, email her at or visit, and #womencultivatingcommunity on Instagram.