Join us for training in Florida!
World-class wilderness and tactical survival training available in Jacksonville, Florida. With easy access for all of North Florida, Georgia and just minutes from the airport, our training location is a premiere setting at Eat Your Yard Jax, a privately-owned urban farm with access to nearly 1000 acres of Florida’s hardwood forrest. The site boast an edible nursery and modern conveniences such as running water, electricity and air-conditioned class room perfect for a break from those muggy summers. In addition to our lead-instructor, Joel Graves, our network of trainers in Jacksonville offers extensive knowledge and depth into a number of topics ranging from weapon making to permaculture.
Joel Graves - Lead Instructor
Joel brings an extremely extensive military and tactical background. Completing 355 missions as Naval Special Warfare EOD on Seal Team 2 & 4, which is arguably one of the most elite and highly trained bomb squads in the world. He has served tours in Iraq, Bahrain and Afghanistan, personally disarmed improvised explosive devices with minimal tools in some of the most austere environments in the world. He has provided secret service protection in multiple countries for President Bush, President Obama and VP Biden. Today, Joel leverages his tactical and combat experience to prepare civilians, military personnel and organizations for international and domestic threats. Training and consulting opportunities with Joel include: international traveler, SERE, active shooter preparedness, self defense and organizational security.Joel’s bushcraft and survival skill set is as equally impressive. Following his retirement from special forces, Joel spent six months in a long-term survival program where he slept in the field for 5 months, living off the land and honing his craft.. Since a very young age, Joel has been hunting and fishing all over the country. He currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida and spends much of his time fishing on the coastal waters, gator hunting, building bows, and keeping his self reliance skills sharp. He also put up fierce competition in Discovery Channel’s Bushcraft Build-off and truly has a great love for teaching people of all ages the skills they need to survive!
Planning your trip to Jacksonville
Eat Your Yard Jax – 8220 Moncrief Rd, Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Airport – JAX – 15 minutes from training site
Brunswick Golden Isles – BQK – 1 hr from training site
Accommodations: Students are welcome to camp on the premises or elect to stay at a hotel. Commonwealth Avenue offers some of the closest, budget friendly hotels. For many of our multi-day classes, we encourage you to camp on-site if possible to get the full experience. We often hear, some of the best part of training are the stories Joel shares around the camp fire in the evenings. But, there is no judgment or obligation to stay on-site, you are welcome to stay at hotel with access to hot showers! Wherever you feel most comfortable during your training.
We are a family run farm-nursery specializing in edible landscape and garden plants. We firmly believe in practicing organic principles and sustainable agriculture. We are also the home of Fruit Cove Cactus & Foliage. Our farm uses composting, vermiculture, rainwater reclamation, aquiponics, chicken production for a manure source and mushroom production from waste wood reclamation as part of our sustainable practices. We also raise tilapia in a growing-power style aquaculture system. Come out on Fridays and Saturdays and pick up some plants to “Eat Your Yard”. Learn More