The Vale

Yellow Springs, Ohio, United States

  • Last updated: February 3, 2017 (3 months ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Learning to live in community.

Community Description

The idea for The Vale began in 1946 when Jane and Griscom Morgan invited a family to share their home on 40 acres of land two miles south of Yellow Springs. In 1950 the second house was built and more followed. Now there are 11 homes and 20 members. The group incorporated as The Vale in 1960. Gris and Jane felt strongly that land should be shared, and not used as a commodity, so in 1980 they donated the land to the Community Service, Inc. Land Trust, from which it is leased by The Vale. Seventeen of its wooded acres were put into a conservation easement, so they would never be built upon. Each family lives in its own home, but many share space with additional people. Most families earn their livelihood outside the community. The land, (woods and common areas), utilities, and a half-mile gravel lane are managed together. Gardening is important to many members. Prospective members must live at The Vale for at least one year before applying for membership. At the moment The Vale has no openings for renting or for building.

Business is decided by consensus. Business meetings are usually every month, with the addition of weekly and seasonal get-togethers (potlucks and soup suppers, and an annual retreat).

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1960
  • Start Living Together: 1950
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Sarah Badger


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Unspecified, or Other
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 40 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 11
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)


  • Adult Members: 23
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    If you are interested in visiting our community, please contact Sarah Badger at the email provided. We have weekly soup suppers or potluck style dinners you would be welcome to attend. We would like for you to contact us before hand in case there is a change in venue or time, as well as to give our members a heads-up you will be there. We have no overnight accommodations. You will need to find housing in the village.

  • Membership Process:

    The membership process is a year-long process including socialization and attendance at monthly business meetings.

  • Open to new Members: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Currently, we have no housing available to purchase.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Library, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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