Alicia Newton is the Founder and Executive Director of Nourish My Soul where her passion for using healthy food to heal more than a body, but also mind and spirit is put to work in communities every day. Getting hands in the dirt and nurturing life can have a profound impact on reducing stress and anxiety, while cooking and sharing a meal with others feeds more than a body, but also a soul. Alicia believes in the strength and resilience of every community and brings a legacy of health, hope, and strength to the many communities she has worked in - building school and community gardens, outdoor learning experiences, farmers markets, youth empowerment programs, culinary training, and community meals and food access programs. With the number of veterans struggling with mental health issues at epidemic proportions in our country, Alicia knew resilience Grows Here was the perfect place to put her expertise into practice to help heal this long overlooked population. Outside of Nourish My Soul, Alicia can be found enjoying time with her husband and four children (usually outside!) , running in the woods with her dog, laughing with friends until her stomach hurts, or sewing fun creations.