Inspiring live – Dana Zamprogno homesteading mama

I am so pleased to bring you another inspiring,

alternative life interview, meet Dana Zamprogno

 Please tell our readers a little about your life, where are you currently living, what do you do etc?

We are a family of four, with two of us being 19 months and 7 weeks old. We live in beautiful Tasmania, Australia. I am originally from New Zealand, and Tasmania had the best compromise of living in Australia where my husband is from, and getting the NZ climate I miss so much. I currently write a blog about homesteading and being self sufficient on my website, while my husband has taken leave from his Payroll career to spend time at home our kids and I.

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I love that you are a homesteader, please tell us more about that.

Currently, we’re living in a suburban rental property while we save to build on the rural 2 1/4 acres we own mortgage free. We try not to let living in a rental stop us from homesteading and living a self sufficient lifestyle.  This is achieved by skills such as frugal living, meal planning and cooking from scratch, sewing and mending what we can rather than buying new and growing what we can in containers. Unfortunately, we’re currently unable to have chickens or raised garden beds where we are, so we have built a homesteading community where we trade what we have for what we don’t.

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What was one of your most defining moments in your life?

Homesteading, to us, is about freedom and reconnecting to an old-fashioned lifestyle. I found myself homeless at 16 and was faced with a vulnerability and feeling of being helpless that I never wanted to find myself in ever again. This led to a lifetime passion for DIY and homesteading, along with an extensive book collection surrounding these topics. I’ve learned how to get by living on a shoe string budget and doing everything I can myself. Instead of this becoming a sad time in my life, I see it as a inspiration to connect to a lifestyle closer to that which my ancestors would of lived. There is so much satisfaction in a hard days work.

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 How do you spend your down time?

With two under two and the lifestyle we have, I don’t particularly have much “down” time to speak of. When I can sneak the rare spare moment, I’m guilty of the odd Netflix binge. Even then, I’m usually watching shows about self sufficient living while sewing or knitting at the same time. I have to keep my hands busy or I feel like I’m wasting my time.

 Favourite book you would recommend?

My favourite book will always be John Seymour’s “The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency: The Classic Guide for Realists and Dreamers.”  My mother had a copy of this book when I was growing up and the moment I had the money, I bought my own. I have spent more hours than I could count reading, rereading, scheming and reading this book again. The information packed into this book is worth its weight in gold, and it’s a bloody heavy book!

 If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

If I could travel anywhere, it would definitely be the Orkney and Shetland Islands. It’s where my family is originally from and unfortunately, I’ve never had the chance to visit. My dream would be to end up working on someone’s land and learning everything I could about the land my ancestors once worked. Yes, even on holiday, I would have to keep my hands busy.

  Any top tips the readers should know before embarking on this lifestyle?


While reading is extremely useful in learning what you can about homesteading, nothing beats experience. Even if you decide to make your own bread every day or grow herbs on the windowsill, take that first step. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the books or you’ll never get your hands dirty. Start small and you’ll have a homestead to call your own in no time. If you’re after inspiration, jump over to my blog for a free copy of my eBook “Start Your Homestead In 30 Days.”

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