Barbara Decker ’76

Major: Biology
Work Crew: Farm Crew
Service: Girl Scout troop leader at the Black Mountain Children’s Home                                 
Current Job: Abba House Children’s Home (Uganda)

Babara Decker is the Agricultural Missionary at Abba House, a children’s home in Uganda operated through House of Friends - an international nonprofit Christian mission organization. The children at the school mainly eat a diet of red beans and “posho,” a bland corn flour mush. Barbara developed a garden with good vegetables to enhance their daily food.


In working with the orphans in Uganda, Barbara uses so much of what she learned at Warren Wilson, in biology and agriculture, specifically cattle and hogs, as well as a passion for growing food to serve people in developing nations. Prior to Uganda, Barbara worked mainly as a dairy herdsperson, and also did extensive service work in El Salvador, Venezuela and Israel.


 “I remember a poem Mr. Laursen, the WWC farm manager, had posted in his office that said, ‘I would rather see a sermon then hear one.’ This ‘living by doing’ is the way I try to live my life.”