Now you can use your retirement funds to invest in your favorite good cause. That is how

In a stubble field on a sunny morning, Erin Axelrod filled a trough with orange peels from her kitchen and spent grain from a nearby brewery. Maisie, a mother goat, placidly chewed her food while Axelrod squeezed Maisie’s teat until milk gushed into a metal bucket.

Milking the goats housed in Wild & Radish Eco Village in El Sobrante, five minutes from his house, it is a weekly ritual for Axelrod, who uses the milk to make yogurt and cheese.

It’s also a way you stay active, in the most literal sense, with your retirement investments.

He invested in Wild & Radish through his 401(k), an innovative twist on the traditional retirement fund that was established by economic lift, a San Francisco consultancy where she is a partner.

Most 401(k) plans provide only a limited menu of mutual funds and bonds as investment options. But the one created by Lift gives its five partners and employees “checkbook control” to invest their money in companies that resonate with them, while observing regulations that allow the money to be tax-deferred.

“I wanted my retirement savings to support local communities, food security and housing security,” Axelrod said. “I didn’t want my money anywhere near the stock market.”