It really is a non-issue...
Until you get to the point where you get coal up running, you shouldn't be worrying about "big" factories just yet.
A single miner for limestone, and a constructor for cement.
A single iron miner, smelter, and a constructor for plates, rods and screws
and a single miner, smelter for copper and constructor for wire and cable.
That is enough to get your base started and work through the milestones.
You can power the above with the 2 burners in your hub and an additional biofuel burner. (I never needed the additional burner, since all machines were never active at the same time).
With only that as power need, collecting a bit of leaves is trivial.
If you start making a big factory trying to maximize your mining capacity before coal... Then, yeh, you're making it hard on yourself.