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In honor of Pi Day, a day noted by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), the Michigan State University (MSU) Product Center, and the Grand Traverse Pie Company are partnering to highlight the intrinsic role that math, education, and agriculture play in today’s economy.


Source: MDARD

Contact: Jennifer Holton, MDARD, 517-284-2724; Kathryn Reed, Michigan State University, 517-355-0284; Margaret Alexander, GT Pie, 231-929-7841 x 7

MDARD, MSU and the Grand Traverse Pie Company Partner to Celebrate Math, Food and Agriculture on Pi Day

In honor of Pi Day, a day noted by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), the Michigan State University (MSU) Product Center, and the Grand Traverse Pie Company are partnering to highlight the intrinsic role that math, education, and agriculture play in today’s economy.

“Pi Day allows Michigan to celebrate two things that are critical to our continued economic comeback and reinvention – education and agriculture,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “This is a fun way to raise awareness of the importance of math and science education in the lives of our youth as well as to Michigan’s food and agriculture businesses. Pi Day recognizes that with an educated and trained talent base, our future will continue to be bright.”

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the MSU Product Center have partnered with the Michigan-based Grand Traverse Pie Company to commemorate the day. As part of the statewide celebration of agriculture and education, all Grand Traverse Pie Company locations will be offering customers in their store a free slice of a Michigan fruit-filled pie with any purchase throughout the day.

Pi, Greek letter ( ), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi = 3.1415926535… With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi is an irrational and transcendental number, meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. The symbol for Pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

“This is the third straight year MDARD has partnered with the Grand Traverse Pie Company as a fun way to recognize the need for math and science graduates within the food and ag sector. My continued passion is to cultivate solid career paths and job creation within our $96 billion food and agriculture system,” said Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD director. “As the second most agriculturally-diverse state in the nation, Michigan offers tremendous career and enterprise opportunities for new graduates as well as business growth centered on food and agriculture.”

“In the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, it’s our job and our business to ensure that the next generation of industry leaders are ready to take on the challenges we haven’t even thought of yet,” said Fred Poston, dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. “Our researchers are working on solutions to problems that will change, and have changed, the way the agriculture industry operates. Through MSU Extension, groups like the MSU Product Center, continue to produce information and tools that put our researchers’ work to practical application.”

“We at Grand Traverse Pie Company are honored to help shine a light on the quality of both the agricultural bounty of our state and the important role that education plays within our state on Pi Day.  Only through Michigan’s superior fruits and crops can we make our wonderful pies,” said Mike Busley, founder of Grand Traverse Pie Company.  “We would not have been able to craft these Michigan fruit pies into a growing business without the quality education we received in Michigan; both in the public school system and at Michigan State University."

There are 15 Pie Shops with bakers making pies every day, they include:

  • Ann Arbor, Zeeb Road (734) 997-9702
  • Brighton  (810) 225-7437
  • East Lansing  (517) 203-3304
  • Grand Rapids – Kentwood (616) 977-7600
  • Downtown Lansing (517) 316-0900
  • Midland (989) 839-4872
  • Norton Shores  (231) 799-3399
  • Okemos  (517) 381-7437
  • Petoskey  (231) 348-4060
  • Plymouth (734) 459-9200
  • Portage (269) 903-4991
  • Terre Haute, Indiana (812) 235-1582
  • Traverse City, Front Street (231) 922-7437
  • Traverse City, Park Street (231) 933-3972
  • Troy (248) 458-0322

For details on Pi Day, visit www.piday.org. To find a Grand Traverse Pie Company location near you, visit www.gtpie.com for locations around the state.