Coming from Hong Kong, Helane came to the farm with the idea to build a pizza oven. With a background in engineering and some help from locals she was able to make her plans a reality. Though she had built a similar oven in the past, she still found the experience to be a tremendous learning opportunity, not only because she experienced the craftsmanship of local workers first hand, but also because she was able to learn about life in China as it was back in the day. This was great for Helane because she came to Walden Farm in order to reconnect with her roots in mainland China. She felt that this experience helped her get more in touch with the ways of the past and allowed her to learn about a culture that is slowly dissapearing due to urban sprawl, industrialization, and westernization.