Barbara Decker
Warren Wilson
1976
Agricultural missionary
Abba House in Uganda

Barbara Decker’s hunger for her life mission--growing healthy food in developing nations—was cultivated early on Warren Wilson’s farm crew. Working with orphans in Uganda, Barbara uses much of what she learned as a Warren Wilson biology and agriculture student. Barbara’s community garden program feeds orphans and widows. In addition to providing nourishing food, she also teaches sustainable agriculture practices.

A supervisor at Warren Wilson College shared an adage that stays with her to this day: I would rather see a sermon then hear one. “This ‘living by doing’ is the way I try to live my life,” Barbara explains. That commitment has meant a life working abroad in El Salvador, Venezuela and Israel before moving to Africa. To Barbara this is not a sacrifice, but an honor because education is vital to giving impoverished children the chance for a prosperous future.