Laughing Lichen is a family owned northern wildcrafting business established in 2010. Our 12-acre tea farm, manufacturing facility and learning center is located near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. We operate our facility %100 off-grid in the sub-arctic wilderness. The products we create are carefully crafted in small batches using hand-foraged wild herbs, berries, lichens and fungi.
Meet our Team
Born and raised in the NWT, Amys has grown up spending lots of time in the bush , as her family has a cabin on a remote lake. Her interest in plants led her to UNBC where she studied her undergraduate, focusing on biology and ethnobotany. She created Laughing Lichen initially to create products for friends and family. The demand grew and she began growing the business, which now resides on its own 12 acre commercial property in the wilderness. Her passion for being outside and learning and teaching about plants is as strong as ever.
Elisabeth traveled to Canada, and up to the north 2 years ago from her hometown in Austria. With a bachelors 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. 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 comes her way; and completes everything she does with excellence.
Liz loves everything outdoors. From camping to fishing to hiking she loves an adventure.
Hannah is a true northerner. Born, raised and homeschooled in Yellowknife, raised off-grid on the Ingraham Trail surrounded by our premium harvesting areas. At Laughing Lichen, she is an all-rounder. She harvests wild plants, manufactures products, fulfills orders and does the occasional pitching in with childcare of the youngest member of the team. Expressing an interest in photography, Hannah updated all our product photos on the Laughing Lichen website. She is studying online towards her Business Administration degree and will be taking on more responsibilities in the office.
Hannah enjoys spending quality time with friends and family. She loves hiking, snowmobiling, classic country music and her dog Tango. With her big smile and her positive can-do attitude, she is a great addition to the Laughing Lichen Team.
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 outdoors for optimal freshness and ones that aren’t are carefully dehydrated via solar power.