Portland, Ore.-based Pear Bureau Northwest has hired Neil Ferguson as communications specialist.

Ferguson most recently worked as media content developer for Coroflot, according to a news release. He has also served as a freelance journalist and editor for the past eight years.

“Neil’s versatile background in digital communications, journalism and social media will provide strong support for our objectives of growing our consumer presence online and contributing to our messaging towards all audiences,” Kevin Moffit, president and CEO, said in the release.

“As consumer awareness continues to move towards healthy eating and fresh produce, I feel like now is the ideal time to play a role in guiding people towards making educated choices and feeling passionate about what they eat,” Ferguson said in the release.