Laughing Lichen is a family run northern wildcrafting business established in 2010. Our 12-acre farm, manufacturing facility and learning center is located 30 kilometers from the city Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. We operate our facility %100 off-grid in the sub-arctic wilderness using solar energy. The products we create are carefully crafted in small batches using hand-foraged wild herbs, berries, lichens and fungi.
Meet our Team
Amy Maund - Founder
Born and raised in the NWT, Amy spent much of her time outdoors camping, skiing, canoeing, fishing and enjoying her families remote off grid cabin. As a young adult she tree planted in western Canada, worked as a wildlife technician and rehabilitator, an ornithologist, BC Park Operator, and a veterinary nurse. Her interest in wildlife, plants and medicine led her to UNBC where she studied her undergraduate focusing on biology, sciences, ecology, and ethnobotany. What initially began as a hobby of crafting wild plant and fungi-based products for friends and family while studying as a fulltime student became the business of Laughing Lichen. It couldn’t have happened without the support and love from everyone who believed in Amy’s journey from the beginning. A dream grew into a reality and the business now resides on its own 12-acre commercial property in the wilderness. You can find Amy these days out harvesting in the forest with her daughter Wren and partner Ian and sharing her knowledge and skills with others about sustainable foraging and traditional economies in the North.
Elisabeth (Liz) Pillichshammer
After visiting many countries around the globe Elisabeth traveled to Canada, and up to the north in 2019. She hails from Austria. With a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, her practical skills and problem-solving abilities are excellent. She immediately fell in love with the north and decided to stay. If she’s not hanging out with a team of Canadian Inuit sled dogs or hiking 30 minutes through the bush to work each day, she’s certainly doing something interesting. Liz has been working for Laughing Lichen now for more than a year. She is an extremely hard worker and takes on any challenges that come her way; and completes everything she does with excellence.
Liz loves everything outdoors, a great cook and she’s pretty darn good at making birch bark baskets. From camping, hunting for mushrooms, to fishing to hiking she loves an adventure.
Hannah Jenkins 2018-2021
Hannah is a true northerner. Born, raised and homeschooled in the NWT and raised off-grid surrounded by wilderness. Hannah worked at Laughing Lichen from 2018 to 2021 full time and now is a part time harvester and attending school. With her big smile and her positive can-do attitude, She was an excellent member of the Laughing Lichen Tea.
The premium ingredients we collect are from remote areas of the Northwest Territories, Northern British Columbia, and the Yukon where the air is fresh and wild. Laughing Lichen operates under the philosophy of ethical environmental stewardship and applies this vision to all facets of the business – from initial harvest to final product, ensuring a sustainable future for everyone – our forests included.
We are skilled in the identification of native fungi and flora species and strive to find only the highest quality ingredients. All products are gluten free and none are tested on animals – only our close friends! Our entire business and farm is run using Solar energy. Minimizing our impact on the environment is important to us and is reflected in all aspects of the business. Shipping materials are re-purposed, we are working diligently to incorporate eco-friendly, recyclable or compostable packaging into our product line. Our Off-grid energy efficient facility hosts a composting toilet, biodegradable cleaners and detergents, and all plant and fungi matter used in the making of products is returned to the land as compost. Wild harvested ingredients are shade dried using natural air flow in a post and beam style barn for optimal freshness and ones that aren’t are carefully dried using low temperatures in dehydrators.