Bridget Fields discovered her passion for horticulture while a student at the University of Pittsburgh, where she volunteered at the Phipps Botanical Conservatory and became a certified Master Gardener. Seeking to learn more about traditional and innovative farming techniques, she joined the Peace Corps where she lived in a Panamanian indigenous farming community for three years as a Sustainable Agricultural Systems volunteer. Most recently, Bridget was on a team responsible for improving U.S. farmers’ access to federal funding for the purposes of improving agricultural productivity. In realizing the importance of native agriculture to each of her experiences, she began exploring – and falling in love with – the story of American cider. As a now-certified cider enthusiast, Bridget is excited to continue to share what she can about this wonderful piece of our nation’s history in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her partner.